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USS Pearl Harbor… In Pearl Harbor

Admiral Cecil Haney posted the following on Facebook this morning:

USS Pearl Harbor’s port visit to its namesake this weekend brings the ship one step closer to her San Diego home after supporting our 8th annual Pacific Partnership (PP) mission.

USS Pearl Harbor in Pearl Harbor.  US NAVY Photo

USS Pearl Harbor in Pearl Harbor. US NAVY Photo

Since May, the ship and her outstanding crew of U.S. Navy Sailors and multinational civilians/military personnel has served as the centerpiece of an important mission to improve disaster relief response in Oceania. PP’13 marked the first time that partner nations — Australia and New Zealand — took the lead of individual phases, a significant commitment milestone for future missions (For more, see http://www.cpf.navy.mil/pacific-partnership/2013/). Named after a place that reminds people of a world war, it is fitting that USS Pearl Harbor and her crew spent the last few months advancing partnerships in a multilateral mission to enhance stability, security and peace in the Pacific. Bravo Zulu!

Adm. Cecil Haney Assumes Command of U.S. Pacific Fleet

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, former deputy of the U.S. Strategic Command, relieved Adm. Patrick M. Walsh as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Jan. 20.

PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 20,2012) Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, right, returns the salute of Adm. Cecil Haney, left, as Haney relieves Walsh as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander during a traditional change of command ceremony on the Pearl Harbor waterfront. Looking on are Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, second from left, and Adm. Robert Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, second from right. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel / Released)

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert presided over the ceremony and praised Walsh for his service in the Navy and the impact his leadership had on the command.

“He’s had a marvelous career. He knows what it means to take care of a family, he knows what it means to take care of a command, and he’s encouraged his staff to do the same,” said Greenert to a crowd of almost 900 attendees. “He’s (Walsh) all about being ready, he’s harnessed that Pacific Fleet teamwork, the talent and resources…”

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