Navy cancels Fleet Forces change of command, appoints deputy to temporarily lead it

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NORFOLK, Virginia — The Navy has cancelled a change of command ceremony that was set for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

The Navy planned to turn over the reins to Fleet Forces on Monday to Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, who is currently the commander of the Navy's Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy. But the Navy says Davidson's replacement hasn't been confirmed by the Senate yet. Until that occurs, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson will serve as the acting commander of Fleet Forces beginning Friday.

A new leader is needed at Fleet Forces because Adm. Bill Gortney is moving on to take over as the commander of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado in December.

Fleet Forces Command oversees the Atlantic fleet, and is responsible for training and providing forces to combatant commanders around the world.

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