Paparo takes the helm as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Admiral Samuel J. Paparo assumed command of the US Pacific Fleet on May 5. He relieved Admiral John C. Aquilino, who became the 26th Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command at Camp HM Smith in Halawa during a ceremony at Joint Base Kilo Pier in Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 30.

Paparo, a native of Morton, Pa., Arrives at historic Pearl Harbor headquarters from Manama, Bahrain, as Aquilino did in May 2018. Both commanded the US Naval Forces Central Command, the US Fifth Fleet, and the forces maritime combined just before arriving in Hawaii.

“I am honored and honored to follow and serve in the footsteps and on the shoulders of the giants of this critically important region which accounts for 60% of world trade and 52% of the world population in 36 countries and an area covering 14 time zones”. said Paparo. “The United States remains committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific that can only be achieved through the teamwork of like-minded partners, all working with a common commitment to upholding international law and order. rules-based international ”

Paparo has been the 37th commanding officer since the establishment of Pearl Harbor Fleet Headquarters in February 1941. He graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOP GUN) and flew the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagles and the FA-18 Hornet, among other aircraft. His full bio is available at

The U.S. Pacific Fleet is the largest fleet command in the world with an area of ​​responsibility that covers 100 million square miles, nearly half of the Earth’s surface, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and the west coast of the United States to the Indian Ocean. The US Pacific Fleet comprises approximately 200 ships / submarines, nearly 1,200 aircraft and more than 130,000 sailors and civilians.


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