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Retired Adm. Vern Clark and his wife Connie walk through honor side boys at the conclusion of his change of command ceremony and retirement ceremony.
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Annapolis, Md. (July 22, 2005) Retired Adm. Vern Clark and his wife Connie walk through honor side boys at the conclusion of his change of command ceremony and retirement 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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