Chaplain Prays at Historic Change of Command & 25th Anniversary of USS John S. McCain

By Chaplain Jonathan Stephens, US Navy, Yokosuka, Japan

I was able to be a part of the USS John S. McCain 25th anniversary and Change of Command Ceremony; and, also a ceremony to award Sailors for their heroic actions during the collision that happened 2 years ago this August.

If you search the anniversary on the web – I can be seen in the back ground behind Cindy McCain and the other speakers as they speak.

Following is the link to the Ship’s 25th Anniversary and Change-of-Command Video:

Chaplain Stephens’ Invocation and Benediction can be viewed at 00:06:15 and 1.00:50 minutes respectively on the video.



Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet 

YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 02, 2019) – Cmdr. Ryan T. Easterday relieves Cmdr. Micah D. Murphy as commanding officer during a change of command ceremony aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). Cindy H. McCain, wife of the late Sen. John S. McCain III and ship’s sponsor, were among the distinguished guests in attendance. The ceremony also commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

Video Program Events: (Hours:Minutes:Seconds)
00:06:15 – Chaplain Jonathan Stephens, Chaplain – Invocation

00:08:31 – Cmdr. Micah D. Murphy, Outgoing Commanding Officer
00:16:13 – Capt. Chase R. Sargeant, Thirteenth Commanding Officer (2013-2015)
00:22:01 – Capt. Jeffrey J. Kim, Tenth Commanding Officer (2009-2010)
00:27:40 – Capt. Jake K. Ross, Retired, Commissioning Commanding Officer (1994-1996)
00:37:26 – Mrs. Cindy H. McCain, Ship Sponsor
00:55:04 – Cmdr. Ryan T. Easterday, Incoming Commanding Officer

01:00:50 – Chaplain Jonathan Stephens, Chaplain – Benediction

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