Vice Adm. Michael Boyle took over the helm of the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet throughout a change of command ceremony Thursday at Naval Base Level Loma.
Boyle turns into the thirty second commander of the fleet, a power of greater than 68,000 folks, 100 ships and 400 plane stationed all through California, Hawaii and Washington.
Throughout the command of outgoing Vice Adm. Steve Koehler, the fleet skilled and authorized two provider strike teams, one amphibious prepared group, six submarines and 15 independently deployed ships.
In remarks on the ceremony, Koehler famous the spectacular capabilities displayed by the fleet’s sailors throughout his tenure.
“Your success comes from a regular of professionalism the place you, as leaders, make the tough and difficult look straightforward and routine the place it’s not,” he mentioned. “It has been a fantastic privilege to steer the women and men of Third Fleet and I’m assured that when referred to as upon, we’ve the power to take the combat ahead and win.”
Koehler started his stint as fleet commander in June 2021, and can report back to his new project as director for Technique, Plans and Coverage, J- 5, Joint Employees, and for appointment as a senior member of the Navy Employees Committee of the United Nations in Washington, D.C.
Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, presided over the ceremony. He referred to as Koehler’s management “daring (and) revolutionary.”
“This headquarters, in partnership with [I Marine Expeditionary Force], are ready with credible fight forces able to deploy worldwide to realize targets from sea and at sea,” Paparo mentioned. “Mike Boyle arrives as ready as any commander in Third Fleet’s historical past. He’ll keep on, proceed and result in ever larger heights the work of this very good workforce.”
Boyle, who final month rose to turn out to be a vice admiral, beforehand served because the director of maritime operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet. As Third Fleet commander, he’ll lead the Mixed Process Pressure for Rim of the Pacific Train 2022, scheduled to start June 29.
“I look ahead to working with the immensely proficient and skilled employees right here at Third Fleet,” Boyle mentioned. “Excellence is just not an accident. It’s the fruits of onerous work, planning and dedication, and in doing that, there isn’t a problem we can not meet.”
U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces within the Indo-Pacific, which stretches off the U.S. west coast to the western border of India, and from Antarctica to the North Pole.
– Metropolis Information Service