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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan took command of much of Yokosuka Naval Base’s battle arsenal during a ceremony Wednesday aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Donegan succeeded Rear Adm. Richard Wren as head of Commander Task Force 70 and 75, Battle Force 7th Fleet and Carrier Strike Group 5.

"[Donegan] will do great things with Battle Force 7th Fleet," said Wren, who has been selected to take over as Commander, Naval Forces Japan next year. As he relinquished command, Wren received a Legion of Merit award. Wren’s wife, Diane, received a meritorious public service award.

Donegan, who arrived at Yokosuka from the Pentagon’s Strategy and Policy Division, was the George Washington’s executive officer during the carrier’s 2002 Mediterranean Sea and Middle East deployment. He told the audience that the servicemembers under his command would always be "at the forefront of my thoughts and actions."

This is the second time Donegan has assumed command from Wren. He took the helm of the USS Carl Vinson from Wren in 2004. Donegan’s brother, Capt. Brian Donegan, formerly commanded the USS Essex out of Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.

After the ceremony, Wren said he thought he would take command of CNFJ in April, but that it depends on when current CNFJ commander Rear Adm. James Kelly receives orders for his next assignment.

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