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Rear Adm. John J. Donnelly.
Rear Adm. John J. Donnelly. (Courtesy of U.S. Navy)

President Bush is promoting a Yokosuka Naval Base commander to the two-star rank.

Rear Adm. (lower-half) John J. Donnelly, a second-generation submariner, was selected Wednesday. He has commanded Submarine Group 7 Task Force 74 and Task Force 54 at Yokosuka since July.

He graduated with distinction from the Naval Academy in 1975 and attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., receiving a master’s degree in engineering acoustics in 1976, according to Navy records.

Donnelly has served as assistant for undersea warfare and strategic issues for Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, assistant for plans and liaison in the Submarine Warfare Division of Chief of Naval Operations Staff, and chief of staff for Commander 7th Fleet.

Before assuming his current command, Donnelly was deputy director of Operations and Logistics at U. S. Strategic Command.

Submarine Group 7 includes all submarines deployed to the Western Pacific including Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam, which was reactivated in 2001, and the Guam-based tender USS Frank Cable.

Submarine Group 7 also has a representative stationed in Singapore to support the Republic of Singapore navy submarine force.

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