US Pacific Fleet gets new leader; admiral retires

Admiral Cecil Haney assumed command after a ceremony on Friday at Pearl Harbor.

Updated: Jan 21, 2012, 11:06 AM IST

Pearl Harbor: The US Pacific Fleet has a new leader.

Admiral Cecil Haney assumed command after a ceremony on Friday at Pearl Harbor. The former deputy of the US Strategic Command is taking over from Admiral Patrick Walsh, who is retiring.

The fleet includes 180 ships, nearly 2,000 aircraft and 125,000 sailors, Marines and civilians. The command stretches from the US West Coast to the Indian Ocean.

Haney told about 900 people at the ceremony that he will work with the other military services to support US Pacific Command. He says he will work to enhance "maritime security and freedom of the seas”.

The Pacific Fleet says that Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert praised Walsh for his service and leadership.

Bureau Report