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PACOM Chief Harry Harris to be Nominated US Ambassador to Australia

Harry Harris

Navy Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command since May 2015, will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as ambassador in Australia.

In a press release published Friday, the White House describes Harris as a naval officer who has “extensive knowledge, leadership and geo-political expertise in the Indo-Pacific region.”

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1979 as a flight officer for the branch’s Patron Squadron 44 and logged a total of 4.400 flight hours with maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft platforms such as the P-3 Orion.

His command assignments included leadership of VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Harris also completed three operational tours at Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 in Japan and served as tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga, as well as director of operations for the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain and the U.S. Southern Command.

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