Fil-Am assumes command of USS Abraham Lincoln

Posted at 08/09/14 1:12 PM

Capt. Ronald Ravelo

MANILA - A Filipino-American navy officer is the new commander of aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln.

Capt. Ronald Ravelo is the very first Fil-Am to command an aircraft carrier in the US Navy, according to www.navy.mil.

He replaced Capt. Karl Thomas, who will lead USS Carl Vinson. The outgoing commander of the Lincoln is also Ravelo's brother-in-law. Thomas is married to Ravelo's sister, Junifer.

"This may be the first time that (one family member) has taken command from another," said Rear Admiral Troy Shoemaker, who was the guest speaker during the turnover ceremony.

Ravelo took a quick selfie before addressing the crowd of sailors, family and friends at the ceremony held last August 7 at Victory Landing Park in Newport News, Virginia.

His father, Ben Ravelo, is a retired navy chief.

"My father is a retired chief storekeeper. He left his family and friends to join the Navy and settle in America. I well up with pride for the Filipino community, but this is not any more special than any of the other Americans around us today," he said in the report.

Prior to his new assignment, Ravelo served as commanding offer of USS Comstock (LSD 45). He graduated with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program.