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Trump Nominates Vice Adm. John Aquilino as US Pacific Fleet Commander

John Aquilino

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. John Aquilino has been nominated by President Donald Trump for assignment as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and for promotion to the rank of admiral.

Aquilino currently serves as the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the Fifth Fleet and the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, the Defense Department said Friday.

He served in multiple fighter squadrons that flew F-14 A/B Tomcat and F-18 C/E/F Hornet aircraft, as well as led the VF-11 Red Rippers, Carrier Air Wing 2 and Carrier Strike Group 2.

His assignments ashore include time as adversary instructor pilot for the A-4, F-5 and F-16N aircraft; operations officer at the Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Atlantic; and special assistant for weapons systems and advanced development at the Office of the Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of Defense.

He also served as director of strategy and policy for the U.S. Joint Forces Command; deputy director for the Joint Force Coordinator of the Joint Staff; commander of CSG-2l; director of maritime operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet; and deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy.

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