Foggo nominated to lead 6th Fleet
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 17, 2014
NAPLES, Italy — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated a submariner as the new commander of Navy fleet operations in Europe and Africa.
Rear Adm. James G. Foggo III will return to Naples, Italy, for the second time in his career to lead the Navy’s 6th Fleet and local NATO Maritime forces, pending confirmation from Congress. Foggo was also nominated for promotion to vice admiral.
He will replace Vice Adm. Philip S. Davidson, who has been tapped for promotion to admiral and commander of Fleet Forces Command in Virginia less than a year after assuming the job of leading the fleet in Naples.
During Foggo’s previous tour in Naples, as submarine group commander and deputy fleet commander, he served as operations officer for the U.S. joint task force that conducted airstrikes against Libya in 2011.
Foggo is currently serving as assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.
The fleet’s area of responsibility stretches across much of the Western Hemisphere, covering all of Europe and Africa and including the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The region is home to conflict flash points in Ukraine, North Africa and the Levant. The past year has been a particularly busy one for the fleet, with threatened strikes in Syria, support of special operations in north Africa and an increased presence in the Black Sea and Baltics following Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The position includes several other roles related to NATO and the larger U.S. command of naval forces in the region. They include commander, Task Force Six; commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component Commander Europe, Naples.