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Change of command ceremony aboard USS Ronald Reagan

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd took over as commander of the U.S. Third Fleet Monday during a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego Bay.

Floyd assumed command from Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, who is retiring after a 35-year Navy career. The ceremony included a gunfire salute and a large cake in the shape of an aircraft carrier.

Most recently, Floyd was assistant deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems at the Pentagon. The former fighter pilot and veteran of operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom also has commanded Air Wing 7, was executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, and served as an aide to the head of the Naval Space Command.

Beaman is a former fighter pilot who flew missions in the Persian Gulf and commanded the Navy detachment of the Fighter Weapons School -- known as Top Gun -- in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm.

The Third Fleet, which was formed in World War II, conducts operations in the eastern and northern Pacific.

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