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Adm. Philip Davidson nominated as U.S. Pacific Command head

Philip Davidson

Adm. Philip Davidson, head of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated for assignment as commander of the U.S. Pacific Command and for reappointment to the rank of admiral.

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Davidson was announced by Defense Secretary James Mattis in a Defense Department press release issued Tuesday.

Davidson assumed his current role for the U.S. Northern Command’s Naval Forces on Dec. 19, 2014 after his concurrent service as the commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces and as the deputy commander of the regional U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa.

His command experience includes assignments to the Carrier Strike Group 8/Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, the USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and the USS Taylor (FFG 50).

His service on land includes roles as director of maritime operations for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, as the senior military adviser to the State Department‘s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and as deputy director for strategy and policy for the Joint Staff/J-5.

Earlier in his career, Davidson served on multiple staff tours of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Navy and the Joint Staff under the policy, strategy and operations billets and was the service branch’s military aide to the vice president.

Davidson’s naval career includes global deployment onboard aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and frigates.

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