Announcement of the
Appointment of Admiral Frank B. Kelso II as Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic
June 1, 1988
President has nominated and the NATO Defense Planning Committee today has
appointed Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, U.S. Navy, to succeed Admiral Baggett as
Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic.
Committee has been informed of the contents of a letter from the President of
the United States of America to the Secretary
General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Chairman of the
Committee, in which the President asked the member governments to agree to
release Admiral Baggett. The Committee agreed with great regret to release
Admiral Baggett from his assignment as Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. They expressed to
Admiral Baggett, in the name of the governments represented on the Committee,
lasting gratitude for his distinguished service.
Committee requested that the President of the United States of America nominate
an officer of the United States Navy for appointment by the Committee as
Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, to succeed Admiral Baggett. In response to
this request, the President of the United States informed the Committee
of his nomination of Admiral Kelso for consideration by the Committee as
successor to Admiral Baggett. Admiral Kelso is now serving as Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command. At
its meeting today, the Committee adopted a resolution appointing Admiral Kelso
Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, as successor to
Admiral Baggett with the same powers and functions.
addition to the NATO position, Admiral Kelso will be assigned as the Commander
in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command. The transfer of commands will take place in
the fall of 1988.