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Change-of-Command ceremony aboard USS Boxer

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman assumed command Thursday of the Pacific Fleet's surface forces.

Copeman took over from Vice Adm. Richard Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a change-of-command ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer.

Hunt's wife, Josi, was also honored at the ceremony for her work with Navy families.

THIS IS AN UPDATE OF THE PREVIOUS STORY BELOW.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman is scheduled to assume command of the Pacific Fleet's surface forces in a ceremony Thursday.

Copeman will take over from Vice Adm. Richard Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a change-of-command ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer. Pacific surface forces comprise 163 ships and 49,000 active-duty personnel.

Copeman, who was commissioned in April 1982 at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., is a former commander of the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold and was most recently the service's chief of legislative affairs.

Hunt has led the surface forces in the Pacific since June of last year. The 1976 U.S. Naval Academy graduate has been appointed director of the Navy staff in Washington, D.C.

Copeman will be responsible for the readiness of cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, and logistics and fleet support ships.

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