U.S. Pacific Fleet Gets New Commander

Adm. Scott H. Swift returned to his home state and relieved Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 27.

Swift, who became the 35th commander since the Pacific Fleet, said:

No one is selected for responsibility such as that of the Pacific Fleet based on personal merit or performance alone. It is a reflection of the collective success of many, not one individual, and I am no exception.

With the historical USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri memorials as the backdrop, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomed Swift and recognized Harris’ achievements as Pacific Fleet commander.

In addition to turning over command of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Harris relieved Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III as commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

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