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Navy Rear Adm. Christopher W. Grady has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as commander, Sixth Fleet, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. He will also be the commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO. He is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Rear Adm. Christopher W. Grady has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as commander, Sixth Fleet, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. He will also be the commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO. He is currently serving as commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy)

Navy Rear Adm. Christopher W. Grady has been tapped as the next commander of the Naples, Italy-based U.S. Sixth Fleet, the operational arm of U.S. Navy efforts in Europe, the Pentagon announced.

Grady, who now serves as commander of the Naval Surface Force Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va., will be promoted to the rank of vice admiral if his nomination by the president is confirmed.

Grady will replace Vice Adm. James G. Foggo III, who is set to leave Naples for a top Navy post. Foggo will serve as the next director of Navy Staff at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington.

Besides leading Sixth Fleet, Grady will serve as deputy commander to U.S. Naval Forces Europe; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa as well as Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe.

U.S. Sixth Fleet, a major theater during the Cold War, has received new attention in recent years because of the Syrian civil war, the spread of militant groups in North Africa and Russia’s growing assertiveness.

A date for a change of command at Sixth Fleet headquarters is yet to be announced.

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