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Rear Adm. Christopher E. Weaver, left, commander of Navy Installations Command, returns a salute by Rear Adm. Charles J. Leidig Jr. to signify assumption of command of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas. They are joined by Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson, outgoing commander.

Rear Adm. Christopher E. Weaver, left, commander of Navy Installations Command, returns a salute by Rear Adm. Charles J. Leidig Jr. to signify assumption of command of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas. They are joined by Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson, outgoing commander. (John F. Looney / U.S. Navy)

NAVAL FORCES MARIANAS, Guam — Rear Adm. Charles J. Leidig Jr. replaced Rear Adm. Arthur J. Johnson as the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas and Navy Region Marianas at a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday at Flag Circle on Nimitz Hill, a Navy spokesperson said.

Johnson, who commanded the Naval forces on Guam since December 2003, next will assume command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force, 5th and 7th fleets in Misawa, Japan.

Leidig comes to Guam from Annapolis, Md., where he was the U.S. Naval Academy commandant.

U.S. Naval Forces Marianas includes the Navy’s largest and most strategic island base in the Western Pacific and several Pacific Fleet commands including the submarine tender USS Frank Cable.


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