NORFOLK (NNS) -- Adm. Chris Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will host a ceremony for the establishment of U.S. 2nd Fleet, in which Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis will assume command. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will preside over the ceremony that will take place aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Aug 24, at 10 a.m. onboard Naval Station Norfolk.
Lewis, a naval aviator and a 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has served in a variety of command positions afloat and ashore, most recently as commander, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5), in Arlington, Virginia. The majority of Lewis' operational command tours have been on the East Coast, most recently as commander, Carrier Strike Group 12 and deploying with USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to the U.S 6th and 5th Fleet areas of operation.
C2F, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, will exercise operational and administrative authorities over assigned ships, aircraft and landing forces on the East Coast and the North Atlantic. Additionally, it will plan and conduct maritime, joint and combined operations and will train and recommend certification of combat ready naval forces for maritime employment and operations around the globe. C2F will report to USFF.
For Vice Adm. Lewis' bio, see the following website:
For more information on the announcement of U.S. 2nd Fleet, see the press release here: