Vice Adm. Nora W. Tyson Photo by US Navy via Wikimedia Commons –

Vice. Adm. Nora Tyson will become the first female commander of the U.S. Third Fleet when she succeeds Vice Adm. Kenny Floyd at a ceremony Friday aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Tyson was deputy commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Previously, she commanded the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group on its maiden deployment and was the skipper of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan while it participated in relief operations along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

She has also served in numerous shore posts.

Floyd, who will retire after 35 years of service, assumed command of Third Fleet in May 2013.

The Third Fleet commands naval activities in the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii.

—City News Service

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