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New fleet commander at CFB Esquimalt

The commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific at CFB Esquimalt is moving on to bigger waters, in a manner of speaking.

Rear Admiral Peter Ellis relinquished command Thursday to take on a new role in Ottawa as deputy commander with Canadian Joint Operations Command. He has been in his current role since June 2010.

Taking over the Pacific fleet is Commodore Scott Bishop, who arrives from Canadian Fleet Atlantic.

His credentials include experience with NATO operations, most recently enforcing the 2011 no-fly zone over Libya.

Bishop will be responsible for the operation and readiness of the Pacific fleet, comprised of a destroyer, five frigates, one replenishment ship, six maritime coastal defence ships, two submarines and eight training tenders.

Real Admiral Bill Truelove, commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, officiated the changing of command.

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