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Secretary of the Navy Gordon England awards Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Vern Clark with his third Distinguished Service Medal before his retirement.
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Annapolis, Md. (July 22, 2005) Secretary of the Navy Gordon England awards Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Vern Clark with his third Distinguished Service Medal before his retirement. Adm. Mike Mullen relieved Adm. Vern Clark as 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 Journalist 1st Class Brandan W. Schulze (RELEASED)

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