Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
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Commander's seal
Flag of a United States Navy admiral.svg
Flag of a U.S. Navy four-star admiral
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Incumbent
Admiral Samuel J. Paparo Jr.

since May 5, 2021
United States Pacific Fleet
AbbreviationCOMPACFLT
Reports to
SeatNaval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term length2–3 years
(approx.)
FormationJuly 22, 1907
First holderRADM William T. Swinburne
DeputyDeputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
WebsiteOfficial website

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), is the title of the United States Navy officer who commands the United States Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT). Originally established in 1907 as a two-star rear admiral's billet, the position has been held by a four-star admiral since March 19, 1915.

As of May 5, 2021, Admiral Samuel J. Paparo Jr. is the 64th and current Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.[1]

History

The position has been known by several titles since its inception.

List of commanders

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)
1
William T. Swinburne
Swinburne, William T.Rear Admiral
William T. Swinburne
(1847–1928)
July 22, 1907May 17, 19091 year, 299 days
2
Uriel Sebree
Sebree, UrielRear Admiral
Uriel Sebree
(1848–1922)
May 17, 1909February 19, 1910278 days
3
Giles B. Harber
Harber, Giles B.Rear Admiral
Giles B. Harber
(1849–1925)
February 19, 19101911~316 days
-
Edward B. Barry
Barry, Edward ButtevantRear Admiral
Edward B. Barry
(1849–1938)
Acting
1911January 15, 1911~14 days
-
Chauncey Thomas Jr.
Thomas, Chauncey Jr.Rear Admiral
Chauncey Thomas Jr.
(1850–1919)
Acting
January 15, 19111912~351 days
4
William H. H. Southerland
Southerland, William Henry HudsonRear Admiral
William H. H. Southerland
(1852–1933)
1912March 1913~1 year, 59 days
5
Walter C. Cowles
Cowles, Walter ClevelandRear Admiral
Walter C. Cowles
(1853–1917)
March 1913January 1914~306 days
6
Thomas B. Howard
Howard, Thomas BentonAdmiral
Thomas B. Howard
(1854–1920)
January 1914September 13, 1915~1 year, 255 days
7
Cameron M. Winslow
Winslow, Cameron McRaeAdmiral
Cameron M. Winslow
(1854–1932)
September 13, 1915July 29, 1916320 days
8
William B. Caperton
Caperton, William BanksAdmiral
William B. Caperton
(1855–1941)
July 29, 1916April 30, 19192 years, 275 days
9
Hugh Rodman
Rodman, HughAdmiral
Hugh Rodman
(1859–1940)
July 1, 1919July 5, 19212 years, 4 days
10
Edward W. Eberle
Eberle, Edward WalterAdmiral
Edward W. Eberle
(1864–1929)
July 5, 1921December 6, 19221 year, 154 days
Commander-in-Chief, Battle Fleet (CINCBATFLT)
10
Edward W. Eberle
Eberle, Edward WalterAdmiral
Edward W. Eberle
(1864–1929)
[a]
December 6, 1922June 30, 1923206 days
11
Samuel S. Robison
Robison, Samuel ShelburneAdmiral
Samuel S. Robison
(1867–1952)
June 30, 1923October 14, 19252 years, 106 days
12
Charles F. Hughes
Hughes, Charles FrederickAdmiral
Charles F. Hughes
(1866–1934)
October 14, 1925September 4, 1926325 days
13
Richard H. Jackson
Jackson, Richard HarrisonAdmiral
Richard H. Jackson
(1866–1971)
September 4, 1926September 10, 19271 year, 6 days
14
Louis R. de Steiguer
de Steiguer, Louis RodolphAdmiral
Louis R. de Steiguer
(1867–1947)
September 10, 1927May 21, 1929290 days
15
William V. Pratt
Pratt, William VeazieAdmiral
William V. Pratt
(1869–1957)
June 26, 1928May 21, 1929329 days
16
Louis M. Nulton
Nulton, Louis McCoyAdmiral
Louis M. Nulton
(1869–1954)
May 21, 1929May 24, 19301 year, 3 days
17
Frank H. Schofield
Schofield, Frank HermanAdmiral
Frank H. Schofield
(1869–1942)
May 24, 1930April 1, 1931312 days
Commander, Battle Force, United States Fleet (COMBATFOR)
17
Frank H. Schofield
Schofield, Frank HermanAdmiral
Frank H. Schofield
(1869–1942)
April 1, 1931September 15, 1931167 days
18
Richard H. Leigh
Leigh, Richard HenryAdmiral
Richard H. Leigh
(1870–1946)
September 15, 1931August 11, 1932331 days
19
Luke McNamee
McNamee, LukeAdmiral
Luke McNamee
(1871–1952)
August 11, 1932May 20, 1933282 days
20
William H. Standley
Standley, William HarrisonAdmiral
William H. Standley
(1872–1963)
[a]
May 20, 1933July 1, 193342 days
21
Joseph M. Reeves
Reeves, Joseph MasonAdmiral
Joseph M. Reeves
(1872–1948)
July 1, 1933April 1, 1935349 days
22
Frank H. Brumby
Brumby, Frank HardemanAdmiral
Frank H. Brumby
(1874–1950)
June 15, 1934April 1, 1935290 days
23
Harris Laning
Laning, HarrisAdmiral
Harris Laning
(1873–1941)
April 1, 1935March 30, 1936364 days
24
William D. Leahy
Leahy, William DanielAdmiral
William D. Leahy
(1875–1959)
[a]
March 30, 1936December 31, 1936276 days
25
Claude C. Bloch
Bloch, Claude CharlesAdmiral
Claude C. Bloch
(1878–1967)
December 31, 1936January 29, 19381 year, 29 days
26
Edward C. Kalbfus
Kalbfus, Edward CliffordAdmiral
Edward C. Kalbfus
(1877–1954)
January 29, 1938June 24, 19391 year, 146 days
27
James O. Richardson
Richardson, James OttoAdmiral
James O. Richardson
(1878–1974)
June 24, 1939February 1, 19411 year, 222 days
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)
28
Husband E. Kimmel
Kimmel, Husband EdwardAdmiral
Husband E. Kimmel
(1882–1968)
[b]
February 1, 1941December 17, 1941319 days
-
William S. Pye
Pye, William SatterleeVice Admiral
William S. Pye
(1880–1959)
Acting
December 17, 1941December 31, 194114 days
29
Chester W. Nimitz
Nimitz, Chester WilliamFleet Admiral
Chester W. Nimitz
(1885–1966)
[c]
December 31, 1941November 24, 19453 years, 328 days
30
Raymond A. Spruance
Spruance, Raymond AmesAdmiral
Raymond A. Spruance
(1886–1969)
November 24, 1945February 1, 194669 days
31
John H. Towers
Towers, John HenryAdmiral
John H. Towers
(1885–1955)
February 1, 1946February 28, 19471 year, 27 days
32
Louis E. Denfeld
Denfeld, Louis EmilAdmiral
Louis E. Denfeld
(1891–1972)
February 28, 1947February 28, 1947278 days
33
DeWitt C. Ramsey
Ramsey, DeWitt ClintonAdmiral
DeWitt C. Ramsey
(1888–1961)
February 28, 1947December 3, 19471 year, 148 days
34
Arthur W. Radford
Radford, Arthur WilliamAdmiral
Arthur W. Radford
(1896–1973)
April 30, 1949July 10, 19534 years, 71 days
35
Felix B. Stump
Stump, Felix BudwellAdmiral
Felix B. Stump
(1894–1972)
July 10, 1953January 14, 19584 years, 188 days
36
Maurice E. Curts
Curts, Maurice EdwinAdmiral
Maurice E. Curts
(1898–1976)
January 14, 1958February 1, 195818 days
37
Herbert G. Hopwood
Hopwood, Herbert GladstoneAdmiral
Herbert G. Hopwood
(1898–1966)
February 1, 1958August 30, 19602 years, 211 days
38
John H. Sides
Sides, John HaroldAdmiral
John H. Sides
(1904–1978)
August 30, 1960September 30, 19633 years, 31 days
39
U.S. Grant Sharp Jr.
Sharp, Ulysses S. Grant Jr.Admiral
U.S. Grant Sharp Jr.
(1906–2001)
[d]
September 30, 1963June 26, 1964270 days
40
Thomas H. Moorer
Moorer, Thomas HinmanAdmiral
Thomas H. Moorer
(1912–2004)
[e]
June 26, 1964March 30, 1965277 days
41
Roy L. Johnson
Johnson, Roy LeeAdmiral
Roy L. Johnson
(1906–1999)
March 30, 1965November 30, 19672 years, 245 days
42
John J. Hyland Jr.
Hyland, John Joseph Jr.Admiral
John J. Hyland Jr.
(1912–1998)
November 30, 1967December 5, 19703 years, 5 days
43
Bernard A. Clarey
Clarey, Bernard AmbroseAdmiral
Bernard A. Clarey
(1912–1996)
December 5, 1970September 30, 19732 years, 299 days
44
Maurice F. Weisner
Weisner, Maurice FranklinAdmiral
Maurice F. Weisner
(1917–2006)
September 30, 1973August 12, 19762 years, 317 days
45
Thomas B. Hayward
Hayward, Thomas BibbAdmiral
Thomas B. Hayward
(1924–2022)
August 12, 1976May 9, 19781 year, 270 days
46
Donald C. Davis
Davis, Donald CookeAdmiral
Donald C. Davis
(1921–1998)
May 9, 1978July 31, 19813 years, 83 days
47
James D. Watkins
Watkins, James DavidAdmiral
James D. Watkins
(1927–2012)
[a]
July 31, 1981May 28, 1982301 days
48
Sylvester R. Foley Jr.
Foley, Sylvester Robert Jr.Admiral
Sylvester R. Foley Jr.
(1928–2019)
May 28, 1982September 16, 19853 years, 111 days
49
James A. Lyons Jr.
Lyons, James Aloysius Jr.Admiral
James A. Lyons Jr.
(1927–2018)
September 16, 1985September 30, 19872 years, 14 days
50
David E. Jeremiah
Jeremiah, David ElmerAdmiral
David E. Jeremiah
(1934–2013)
September 30, 1987February 15, 19902 years, 138 days
51
Charles R. Larson
Larson, Charles RobertAdmiral
Charles R. Larson
(1936–2014)
February 15, 1990February 15, 19911 year, 0 days
52
Robert J. Kelly
Kelly, Robert JosephAdmiral
Robert J. Kelly
(born 1938)
February 15, 1991August 6, 19943 years, 172 days
53
Ronald J. Zlatoper
Zlatoper, Ronald JosephAdmiral
Ronald J. Zlatoper
(1942–2022)
August 6, 1994November 7, 19962 years, 93 days
54
Archie Clemins
Clemins, Archie RayAdmiral
Archie Clemins
(1943–2020)
November 7, 1996October 8, 19992 years, 335 days
55
Thomas B. Fargo
Fargo, Thomas BoultonAdmiral
Thomas B. Fargo
(born 1948)
October 8, 1999May 4, 20022 years, 208 days
56
Walter F. Doran
Doran, Walter FrancisAdmiral
Walter F. Doran
(born 1945)
May 4, 2002October 24, 2002173 days
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
56
Walter F. Doran
Doran, Walter FrancisAdmiral
Walter F. Doran
(born 1945)
October 24, 2002July 8, 20052 years, 257 days
57
Gary Roughead
Roughead, GaryAdmiral
Gary Roughead
(born 1951)
July 8, 2005May 8, 20071 year, 304 days
58
Robert F. Willard
Willard, Robert FrederickAdmiral
Robert F. Willard
(born 1950)
May 8, 2007September 25, 20092 years, 140 days
59
Patrick M. Walsh
Walsh, Patrick MichaelAdmiral
Patrick M. Walsh
(born 1955)
September 25, 2009January 20, 20122 years, 117 days
60
Cecil D. Haney
Haney, Cecil Eugene DiggsAdmiral
Cecil D. Haney
(born 1955)
January 20, 2012October 16, 20131 year, 269 days
61
Harry B. Harris Jr.
Harris, Harry Binkley Jr.Admiral
Harry B. Harris Jr.
(born 1956)
October 16, 2013May 27, 20151 year, 223 days
62
Scott H. Swift
Swift, Scott HarbisonAdmiral
Scott H. Swift
(born 1957)
May 27, 2015May 17, 20182 years, 355 days
63
John C. Aquilino
Aquilino, John ChristopherAdmiral
John C. Aquilino
(born 1962)
May 17, 2018April 30, 20212 years, 348 days
-
Stephen T. Koehler
Koehler, Stephen ThomasRear Admiral
Stephen T. Koehler
(born 1964)
Acting
April 30, 2021May 5, 20215 days
64
Samuel J. Paparo Jr.
Paparo, Samuel John Jr.Admiral
Samuel J. Paparo Jr.
(born 1964)
May 5, 2021Incumbent1 year, 111 days

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs (May 5, 2021). "Paparo takes helm as U.S. Pacific Fleet commander". Retrieved May 5, 2021.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Term shortened due to appointment as Chief of Naval Operations.
  2. ^ Relieved of command after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
  3. ^ Nimitz was appointed CINCPAC in grade of admiral; he was promoted to fleet admiral on December 19, 1944.
  4. ^ Term shortened due to appointment as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command.
  5. ^ Term shortened due to appointment as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet.