There was a change of command ceremony on March 4th, aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt- CVN 71, passing the torch of leadership from one commander to the next. Commander Richard J. Zins was relieved in a change of Command ceremony by Commander Richard G. McGrath, who assumed the leadership of the Golden Warriors, VFA-87.
Commander Zins has led the Golden Warriors during the transition from the F/A-18C fighter Jet to the F/A 18A Hornet. The former F/A 18C was some of the oldest but most reliable fighter Jets in the Navy Arsenal, and the successful transition to the newer version was one of the things Commander Zins was most proud of.
The F/A 18A is actually older than the F/A 18C, but despite this the Golden Warriors were led by Commander Zins to the Department of the Navy excellence Award for 2007. September 2008 marked the return of the resurrected F/A 18A to combat, and Commander Zins led his squadrons for more than 1,000 sorties and more than 3,000 aerial combat hours.
The Command of VFA-87 was passed to Commander McGrath, who will have big shoes to fill after the strong leadership of Commander Zins.