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John Christopher Aquilino[2] is an admiral in the United States Navy, serving as the commander of the United States Pacific Fleet since May 17, 2018.[3] He previously served as the commander of the United States Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces.

John C. Aquilino
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Admiral John C. Aquilino
BornHuntington, New York, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1984–present
Commands heldUnited States Pacific Fleet
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Combined Maritime Forces
United States Fifth Fleet
Battles/warsOperation Deny Flight
Operation Deliberate Force
Operation Southern Watch
Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
AwardsNavy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star Medal (2)


Naval careerEdit

Aquilino graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1984, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He subsequently entered flight training and earned his wings in August 1986. Aquilino graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), the Joint Forces Staff College and completed Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education Program in National and International Security.[4]

His operational assignments include numerous fighter squadrons flying the F-14 A/B Tomcat and the F-18 C/E/F Hornet. His fleet assignments include the Ghost Riders of Fighter Squadron (VF) 142 and the Black Aces of VF-41. He commanded the World Famous Red Rippers of VF-11, Carrier Air Wing 2 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2/George H.W. Bush Strike Group. He has made several extended deployments in support of Operations Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.[4]

His shore tour assignments include duties as an adversary instructor pilot flying the A-4, F-5 and F-16N aircraft for the Challengers of VF-43; operations officer of Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Atlantic; flag aide to the vice chief of naval operations; special assistant for weapons systems and advanced development in the Office of the Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of Defense; director of air wing readiness and training, for Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Fleet; and executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.[4]

His flag assignments include director of strategy and policy (J5), U.S. Joint Forces Command; deputy director, joint force coordinator (J31), the Joint Staff; commander, CSG-2, director of maritime operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet (N04); deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5); and as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces.[4]

Aquilino assumed duties as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on May 17, 2018. He is the 36th commander since the fleet's Pearl Harbor headquarters was established in February 1941.[5]

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. ^ "US Navy's Aquilino: Partnerships Needed for Gulf Maritime Superiority". U.S. Central Command. 11 Nov 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ "PN673 — Navy". U.S. Congress. 25 October 1993. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ U.S. Pacific Fleet conducts change of command Retrieved 19 May 2018
  4. ^ a b c d "Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino". US Navy. Retrieved 12 February 2018.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "John C. Aquilino". US Navy. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ "U.S. 5th Fleet Holds Change of Command Ceremony". U.S. Central Command. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.

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Preceded by
Scott H. Swift
United States Pacific Fleet
2018 – present