Blue Angels change commanding officer

Nov 17, 2017
Cmdr. Eric Doyle

U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, held the squadron's change of command ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Nov. 12.

Cmdr. Eric Doyle relieved Capt. Ryan Bernacchi as Blue Angels commanding officer/flight leader Doyle joined the Blue Angels in September. Prior to his selection as the Blue Angels' commanding officer, he was the commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, the "Stingers," at NAS Lemoore, California. Doyle's previous assignments include: Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (VFA-115), the "Eagles," NAS Lemoore; U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), NAS Fallon, Nevada; Strike Fighter Squadron 37 (VFA-37), the "Ragin' Bulls," at NAS Oceana, Virginia; Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, the "Valions," at NAS Oceana, Virginia; 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron, the "Green Bats," at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bernacchi joined the Blue Angels in September 2015. He led the team through two different, three-month long training work-ups, where pilots completed 240 practice flights between 2016-2017. He also led the team in performing more than 110 air shows and flyovers in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S. Bernacchi is awaiting orders to his next duty station.

Source: US NAVY website