U.S. 6th Fleet officially welcomed its new commander at Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Dec. 14.
Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III officially assumed command of U.S. 6th Fleet from Vice Adm. Phil Davidson. Davidson will take the reins of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.
During his time leading U.S. 6th Fleet, Davidson oversaw the Navy’s efforts in a continuously-dynamic area of operations that dealt with everything from the neutralization of Syrian chemical materials at sea and the forward deployment of Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers to Rota, Spain to broad-ranging operations and exercises with NATO allies and regional partners in Europe and capacity-building exercises in Africa.
Foggo arrives from Washington, D.C., where he served in the Pentagon as assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
The Virginia native has more than 33 years of naval experience and returns to Naples where he previously served as commander, Submarine Group 8, U.S. 6th Fleet deputy commander, and director of operations and intelligence for U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. During this timeframe, he also served as the operations officer for the joint task force that conducted airstrikes against Libya in 2011.
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