TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The USS Gravely was named the flagship for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Standing Maritime Group 1 during a ceremony in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The vessel is part of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet.
On Monday, Rear Adm. Edward Cashman assumed command of the group from Royal Danish Navy Commodore Anders Friis and will command the group from the new flagship.
Cashman previously served as special assistant to commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
The Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is beginning its 51st year of existence, and the 70th anniversary year of the NATO alliance.
SNMG-1, which is one of four standing maritime forces composed of ships from allied countries, provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO.
"I understand how important our mission is and what a critical time in history we are living in," Cashman said. "The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity.