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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk took the helm of the U.S. 7th Fleet from Vice Adm. John Bird during a change of command ceremony Friday aboard the USS Blue Ridge at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Van Buskirk, of Petaluma, Calif., assumed command following a tour as the deputy commander for U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Bird’s next assignment will be as director of Navy Staff, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, in Washington, D.C.

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