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Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander of  U. S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet.

Courtesy U.S. Navy

Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander of U. S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet. Courtesy U.S. Navy (Courtesy U.S. Navy)

MANAMA, Bahrain — The commander of U.S. 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. John W. Miller, has been nominated to deputy chief of naval operations at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday.

Miller has served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet since May 2012. A replacement has not yet been named.

If confirmed by the Senate, Miller would be responsible for operations, plans and strategy at the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, according to a Pentagon announcement.

Naval Forces Central Command and 5th Fleet encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area around the volatile Middle East region, including the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.

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