SAN DIEGO (June 16, 2022) – Vice Adm. Michael Boyle salutes sideboys during his change of command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma, June 16. Boyle became the 32nd commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, a combat-ready force of more than 68,000 people, 100 ships and 400 aircraft stationed throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. An integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet not only leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific, but also provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to flawlessly execute our Navy’s role across the full spectrum of military operations—from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. U.S. 3rd Fleet works together with our allies and partners to advance freedom of navigation, the rule of law, and other principles that underpin security for the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Maria G. Llanos.
Vice Adm. Michael Boyle assumes command from Vice Adm. Steve Koehler at 3rd Fleet
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SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Steve Koehler transferred command of U.S. 3rd Fleet to Vice Adm. Michael Boyle during a change of command at Naval Base Point Loma June 16. Boyle becomes the 32nd commander of 3rd Fleet, a combat-ready force of more than 68,000 people, 100 ships and 400 aircraft stationed throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. 3rd Fleet promotes ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific theater of operations.
In his remarks, Koehler commented on 3rd Fleet Sailors’ high standards and capabilities displayed throughout his tenure.
“Your success comes from a standard of professionalism where you, as leaders, make the difficult and challenging look easy and routine, when it’s not,” said Koehler. “It’s been a great privilege to lead the men and women of Third Fleet and I’m confident that when called upon we have the force to take the fight forward and win.”
Koehler served as C3F since June 2021, and is scheduled to report to his new assignment as director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff, and for appointment as senior member of the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations in Washington, D.C.
Adm. Sam Paparo, commander of Pacific Fleet, who presided over the ceremony, said, “Webb has performed magnificently leading the iconic Third Fleet of Adm. Bull Halsey, the world’s largest numbered fleet.”
Boyle previously served as the director of maritime operations at Pacific Fleet and, as Third Fleet commander, will lead the Combined Task Force for RIMPAC 2022.
“I look forward to working with the immensely talented and experienced staff here at Third Fleet,” said Boyle. “Excellence is not an accident. It is the culmination of hard work, planning, and dedication, and in doing that, there is no challenge we can’t meet.”
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