3-star to be first female fleet commander of ships

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson (left), deputy commander U.S. Fleet Forces, gets briefed on the capabilities of Naval Riverine Force patrol craft during a site visit to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Nov. 13. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phil Beaufort/Released)

According to Navy Times, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson was been nominated by the president to lead the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet. If confirmed by the Senate, this will make her the Navy’s first female numbered commander of ships.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Tyson joined the service after graduating from Vanderbilt University and received her commission from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. She also earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Affairs in 1995 from the U.S. Naval War College. According to USNI News, the three-star earned her wings in 1983 and served three tours with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, including one as a commanding officer.

Tyson’s past experience includes commanding the USS Bataan (LHD 5), an amphibious assault ship that led the Navy’s contributions to disaster relief efforts in the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit. Tyson also commanded Task Force 73, Logistics Group Western Pacific and Carrier Strike Group 2. She also deployed twice to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tyson led the Bush Carrier Strike Group on its first deployment and has been the No. 2 at Fleet Forces for nearly two years. Before she joined the U.S. Fleet Forces, Tyson was the vice director of the Joint Staff.

If confirmed, Tyson will replace Vice Adm. Kenneth Flyod, who is set to retire after 35 years in the Navy.

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