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New leader takes over command of Pacific Fleet

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 1:23 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2012

A new leader took over at the U.S. Pacific Fleet on today as Adm. Cecil Haney, former deputy of the U.S. Strategic Command, replaced Adm. Patrick Walsh, who is retiring.

Haney, a former submarine squadron commander, told about 900 people at the change-of-command ceremony that he plans to build on the foundation Walsh nurtured as he takes over the helm in an area that stretches from the U.S. West Coast to the Indian Ocean. 

Haney said he will work with the other military services to support U.S. Pacific Command to enhance "maritime security and freedom of the seas with the talented men and women of Pacific Fleet and our allies and partners," according to a Pacific Fleet news release. 

He comes to Hawaii from Nebraska, where the Strategic Command is located at an air base outside Omaha. The Strategic Command has responsibility for the nation's nuclear forces, including long-range missiles carried aboard submarines and bombers, and land-based missiles capable of striking around the globe. 

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