Aquilino Nominated to Command U.S. Pacific Fleet
ARLINGTON, Va.— President Donald J. Trump has nominated Vice Adm. John C. Aquilino to be the next commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis announced Feb. 9.
If confirmed by the Senate, Aquilino would replace Adm. Scott H. Swift. With the nomination, Aquilino also has been nominated for appointment to the rank of admiral.
Aquilino has been serving since September as commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; and commander, Fifth Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, Bahrain.
Commissioned in 1984, Aquilino served in combat as a fighter pilot in F-14 and F/A-18 aircraft. He has commanded a fighter squadron, a carrier air wing and a carrier strike group.
According to his official biography, Aquilino also served as an adversary instructor pilot and served as operations officer of Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Atlantic; flag aide to the vice chief of naval operations; special assistant for weapons systems and advanced development in the Office of the Legislative Affairs for the secretary of Defense; director of air wing readiness and training for commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Fleet; and executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.”
His flag assignments have included: director of strategy and policy, U.S. Joint Forces Command; deputy director, joint force coordinator, the Joint Staff; commander, Carrier Strike Group Two, director of maritime operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and most recently, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy.