Williamson assumes shore command in Europe
NAPLES, Italy — Rear Adm. Rick Williamson assumed command of Navy installations stretching from Spain to Bahrain during a ceremony here last week.
Williamson arrived from Norfolk, Va., where he oversaw bases along the East Coast as commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. In Naples, he replaces Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, who has taken Williamson’s Norfolk position.
Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia supports military operations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It has expanded its footprint in recent years, with oversight of the military’s only official and permanent base in Africa — Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti — and the headquarters of U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
Recent projects include construction of Aegis Ashore missile interceptor sites in Romania and Poland and several projects in Rota, Spain, to accommodate growth there from the permanent stationing of four guided-missile destroyers. The command is also overseeing a major base expansion in Bahrain.
Navy bases in Naples; Sigonella, Sicily; and Souda Bay, Crete, also fall under the command’s responsibilities.