BRUCE A. SCRUTON Staff writer
Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B1

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2002

Albany native Adm. Walter F. Doran is set to assume command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet today in a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Doran's selection was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate.

He grew up in North Albany and is a 1963 graduate of the former Vincentian Institute.

In his new position, Doran becomes the 30th Pacific Fleet commander. The fleet includes more than 180 ships, 1,400 aircraft and 232,000 sailors, Marines and civilians.

Doran, who holds the highest rank in the Navy, succeeds Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, who took command of the U.S. Pacific Command, in Halawa Heights, Hawaii. The fleet is part of the Pacific Command, which has responsibility for the Pacific region, including parts of Asia and the United States.

Doran began his Navy career in 1967 after receiving a history degree from Villanova University. He was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in college. His first assignment was as an electronics material officer aboard the USS Pritchett.

He later served in various capacities aboard several other ships. He also has sailed as commanding officer of the USS Dewert and the USS Belknap, which served as the 6th Fleet flagship.

Before the Pacific Fleet command, Doran served as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

Doran also has served with the chief of naval operations. From 1983 to 1985, he was the military assistant to the vice president. From August 1998 to July 2000, he served as commander of the 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan.