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Davidson tapped as chief of U.S. Pacific Command

Jiji PressWASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Navy Adm. Philip Davidson as commander of the Pacific Command to succeed Adm. Harry Harris, who will leave the post this spring, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

After serving as commander of the 6th Fleet, which covers Europe and Africa, Davidson took up his current position as commander of the Fleet Forces Command in 2014. He led a navy-wide investigation after successive collisions involving Aegis destroyers of the 7th Fleet last year.

The Pacific Command has a vast area of responsibility that extends across the Pacific and Indian oceans. Some 375,000 personnel are assigned to the command.

The tasks that await Davidson include handling the North Korean problem and China’s maritime expansion.

Harris was named commander of the Pacific Command in 2015, becoming the first Japanese-American to assume the post. He was nominated as ambassador to Australia in February this year and is waiting to win confirmation by the Senate.

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