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New commander named for US Pacific Fleet

In this April 21, 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice Adm. John Aquilino speaks with international students from the Navy Command College in Arlington, Va. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan L. Correa/U.S. Navy via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) -- President Donald Trump has named Vice Adm. John Aquilino as the new U.S. Pacific Fleet commander.

    Aquilino currently commands the U.S. 5th Fleet operating out of Bahrain.

    The U.S. Senate will vote on the nomination that was announced Friday.

    Two Pacific Fleet ships were involved in separate collisions near Japan and Singapore last year that killed 17 sailors. The Navy fired several top leaders, including the commander of the 7th Fleet.

    The current Pacific Fleet commander, Adm. Scott Swift, announced in September he would retire after he learned he wouldn't be promoted to lead all U.S. forces in the region at U.S. Pacific Command.

    The Pacific Fleet is headquartered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Its ships operate from the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, Guam and Asia.


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