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New PACFLT Commander Forges Way Ahead


“We will remain focused on our ability to rapidly respond in defense of United States’ interests and to help those in need. … The success of our great Navy begins and ends with the people who have volunteered to serve.” – Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet

The following post comes from Adm. Cecil D. Haney who recently relieved Adm. Patrick Walsh as the leader of U.S. Pacific Fleet – the Navy’s largest fleet, in the largest area of responsibility in the world. It is a poignant message to the fleet concerning the rich history and importance of the Pacific Fleet area of operation, and especially the Sailors, civilians and families that make up the organization. The Navy has long been a champion of freedom, security and prosperity abroad, and has played an integral role in bettering the lives of others.  As Adm. Haney said during the PACFLT change of command ceremony, “We have much work to do with the finest maritime capability on the planet.” 

I am grateful and exceptionally humbled to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, today. We have a rich history in Asia Pacific and under Admiral Walsh’s leadership, Pacific Fleet has advanced our enduring relationships throughout the region and furthered the principles of freedom, security, and prosperity. The momentum we have gained, the trust and confidence we have earned, and the relationships we have nurtured with our partners and allies, have directly enhanced our cooperative maritime strategy.  I thank Admiral Walsh for his 34 years of honorable and dedicated service to our Navy and our nation and I wish both he, and the entire Walsh family, the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

Our national leaders have stressed the importance of Asia Pacific and together with our allies and partners, we will continue our commitment to maritime security and freedom of the seas in this vital region. We tangibly demonstrate this commitment through credible, purposeful forward presence.  Our presence must prioritize the current war-fighting readiness necessary to operate as an effective force across the full range of our maritime strategy.  The readiness, resilience and sustainability of our fleet rely on the continuing innovation, determination, and focus of Sailors, Navy civilians, and our families. The unwavering support we provide them will be essential to meet the demands placed on them. Rest assured, in their capable hands, properly trained and equipped, the pacific fleet will be fully capable of decisive operations, ready for every mission.

Thank you for your dedication and for the sacrifices you and your families make daily. I look forward to meeting the challenges ahead together. Keep charging!



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