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Navy's US Fleet Forces undergoes command change

Friday - 9/14/2012, 5:37pm  ET

Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. - The Navy has a new commander in charge of its Atlantic fleet.

Adm. William E. Gortney relieved Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. as commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Friday. Harvey had been in the post since 2009 and is retiring from the Navy.

Among other things, U.S. Fleet Forces Command serves as the Navy component to U.S. Northern Command. U.S. Northern Command is responsible for the U.S. defense of North America.

Gortney is a former naval aviator. His most recent assignment was as director of the joint staff for the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He also served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Gortney told reporters his biggest challenge preparing sailors and ships for deployment around the world is meeting budget challenges.

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