US 3rd Fleet Commander Visits Pearl Harbor 
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rose Forest, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii  
PEARL HARBOR - The commander of U.S. 3rd Fleet, visited Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) units during a trip to Hawaii Dec. 4.

Vice Adm. Kenneth E. Floyd toured guided-missile cruiser USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and Virginia-class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) where he engaged with Sailors and the ships' leadership.

"It's great having the admiral on board and it's always important for our junior Sailors and our senior enlisted to get some time with the senior leadership of the Navy and get a chance to ask questions, exchange ideas and see their leaders on board," said Cmdr. Ryan Collins, Chung-Hoon commanding officer.

Chung-Hoon returned from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Oct. 1.

"Third Fleet is a large area, going from the North Pole to the South Pole, along the international dateline and into the West Coast," said Floyd. "Frankly, I don't see how we could function without the MIDPAC ships."

U.S. 3rd Fleet was formed during World War II by Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey with headquarters on Hawaii's historic Pearl Harbor. Today, it is based out of San Diego.

Leading the naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international dateline, U.S. 3rd Fleet provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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