Pacific Fleet Continues Rebalance as Harris Takes Command
Pacific Fleet Continues
Rebalance as Harris Takes Command
By U.S Pacific Fleet Public Affairs.
Pearl Harbor -- October 16, 2013 -- (NNS)
-- With the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials as a backdrop, Adm.
Harry B. Harris Jr. relieved Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of U.S. Pacific
Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Adm. Cecil D. Haney passes
through the side boys after being relieved by Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.
"The only thing that makes my departure a little easier is
knowing that my good friend and Naval Academy classmate Adm. Harry Harris is my
replacement," said Haney. "He has had an exceptional career filled with
challenging assignments that have more than prepared him to command the Pacific
Fleet. He knows the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and fully understands its
Adm. Cecil Haney (PACFLT) accepts his pennant from U.S. Pacific Fleet
Master Chief Marco Ramirez
Haney spoke of those complexities, and how the Navy's
historic role in the region will continue to promote security, stability,
prosperity and peace.
"Our nation today looks to the future as we rebalance to the
Indo-Asia-Pacific," said Haney, who assumed command in Jan. 2012 near the
beginning of the rebalance initiative. "The world watches to see how
economically and politically this rebalance will work. We've faced austere
economic cycles and political turmoil in the past, but we've maintained a
continuous, robust and capable naval presence in the Pacific since World War II."
Adm. Cecil D. Haney,
(PACFLT) passes through the side boys before being
relieved by Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.
"Given the consistent message of our political and military
leadership, I can stand on firm ground and predict that the U.S. will remain a
Pacific power far into the future," Haney said. "It has been fantastic to see
new capability join this vibrant theater ... the new littoral combat ship,
Virginia class submarine, EA-18 Growlers, MV-22 Ospreys, and MH-60 Romeo and
Adm. Cecil Haney, (PACFLT) addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN
"As excited as I am about our new platforms, I am even more
excited about the rebalance of intellectual focus and leadership attention to a
region where trillions of dollars of trade flows," Haney said. "Given the
uncertainty in the region regarding friction over sovereignty claims and certain
nation state provocations, we must continue to maintain a combat-ready Fleet
while working peaceful solutions using existing international norms and
Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM),
commended Haney on his leadership during challenging times.
"Your strategic vision has set the stage for a new level of
engagement, dialogue and consistence inside the PACOM area of responsibility,"
said Locklear. "You have really done wonderful things in increasing the
coordination and information sharing with our allies, to growing those critical
partnerships, and on the Navy making sure the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific was
real and realized."
Locklear presented Haney with the Distinguished Service Medal.
The award highlighted Haney's efforts in achieving an unprecedented level of
Fleet combat readiness, advancing regional partnerships, and leading the 2012
Rim of the Pacific, the largest multinational naval exercise in modern history.
"This award is more about the hard work and sacrifice of so
many outstanding Pacific Fleet Sailors, civilians and family members," said
Haney, who moves on to lead the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. "They are
the ones who have earned it and who I sincerely thank for their hard work during
After reading orders and assuming command, Adm. Harris
thanked the men and women of the Pacific Fleet saying: "What you do on a daily
basis is of fundamental importance to our nation's defense -- I'm proud to be
As the former assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, Harris said he would continue the Pacific Fleet's commitment to the
rebalance "with our brothers and sisters" in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps,
Special Operations and Coast Guard.
"Our President and Secretary of Defense are clear," said
Harris. "As a nation, we will rebalance to the Pacific and we will work closely
with our allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region."
Harris is the 34th naval officer to command the Pacific Fleet
since it was established in February 1941 with headquarters at Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1978, is a MIT Seminar 21 fellow,
and has attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown's School of
Foreign Service, and Oxford University for East Asia security.
As commander of Pacific Fleet, Harris is responsible for 100
million square miles. Covering more than half the Earth's surface, the
Indo-Asia-Pacific region is vital to U.S. economic and security interests.
Pacific Fleet maintains combat-ready and forward-deployed naval forces that
consist of approximately 200 ships/submarines, 1,100 aircraft and 140,000
Sailors and civilians. Whether called to fight and win or to protect the peace,
Pacific Fleet operates alongside allies, partners and multilateral organizations
to ensure a stable and secure Indo-Asia-Pacific where all nations can prosper.
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