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    Officer who Oversaw Red Hill Defueling to Command Navy’s Third Fleet

    Officer who Oversaw Red Hill Defueling to Command Navy's Third Fleet

    Vice Adm. John Wade, former commander of the task that oversaw removal of most of the fuel in the Navy's Red Hill facility, has been officially nominated to take over the Navy's 3rd Fleet in San Diego.

    The Pentagon on Thursday released two top command nominations by President Joe Biden. The announcement also said Rear Adm. Michael Vernazza, current commander of the Fleet Information Warfare Command Pacific at Joint Base Pearl -Hickam, has been nominated for promotion to vice admiral to command Naval Information Forces in Suffolk, Va. The nominations require congressional approval and are expected to pass.

    As commander of the 3rd Fleet, Wade would command vessels and aircraft based in California, Washington state and Hawaii — which includes five aircraft carrier strike groups and more than 30 submarines.

    Wade had been serving as operations officer for U.S. Indo­-Pacific Command at Smith before he was recommended in 2022 by then INDOPACOM Commander Adm. John Aquilino to lead Joint Task Force Red Hill.

    “I immediately thought of my grandmother,” Wade later told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in an interview. “She would talk about the importance and the meaning of hard work but that when hard work contributes to the betterment of others, then there's no greater purpose. As I looked at this problem, I said, ‘It's a humanitarian and … an environmental mission.'”

    Wade, who comes from a working-class New York…

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