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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott presents Adm. Vern Clark’s retired Chief of Naval Operations flag.
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Annapolis, Md. (July 22, 2005) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott presents Adm. Vern Clarks retired Chief of Naval Operations flag after the reading of his official orders during the Chief of Naval Operations change of command ceremony. Adm. Mike Mullen relieved Adm. Vern Clark as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) during a late-morning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. Clark's tenure as CNO began July 21, 2000, making it the longest term served by any CNO since Adm. Arleigh Burke resigned in 1961. Mullen last served as Commander, Joint Forces Command Naples, and had operational responsibility for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq, and the Mediterranean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)

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