Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced the following flag officer assignments:
Rear Adm. David J. Mercer is being assigned as commander, Navy Region Europe/commander, Maritime Air Forces Mediterranean, Naples, Italy. Mercer is currently serving as director, Deep Blue, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Scott H. Swift is being assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Everett, Wash. Swift is currently serving as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command, Manama, Bahrain.