Rear Adm. Marc Dalton and Rear Adm. Karl Thomas

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The task force in charge of the Navy’s largest battle force has a new commander after a ceremony this week aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea.

On Wednesday, Rear Adm. Karl Thomas took command of Task Force 70, which includes the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and a stable of guided-missile destroyers and cruisers.

Thomas said he was “tremendously humbled” to take on the new position.

“I have three simple priorities that we are going to work for every day … Be prepared to fight and win, maximize every opportunity and take care of each other,” he said during the ceremony, according to a Navy statement. “If we do all those things right, we are going to win as a team.”

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