NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The U.S. Navy is holding a change of command ceremony for its new Commander of the Naval Air Force Atlantic on Thursday.
On the USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk, Rear Admiral Roy J. Kelley will relieve Rear Admiral Bruce H. Lindsey.
Lindsey commanded Naval Air Force Atlantic since July 29, 2016.
As Commander, Kelley will oversee the manning, equipping, and training for six nuclear powered aircraft carriers, four carrier air wings, a strike fighter wing, a patrol and reconnaissance group, a maritime patrol wing and two helicopter wings.
The commands are composed of 53 aircraft squadrons, about 1,300 aircrafts and 50,000 officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees.
Roy J. Kelley is from Newark, Ohio and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1984. He received his wings of gold and was designated a naval aviator in August, 1986.
After he served as the chief of Naval Air Training in 2013 Kelley deployed around the world as Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt.
His previous assignments included four F-14 squadrons aboard three aircraft carriers, F-14 placement officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Joint Staff J-3 JODCENT where he planned and briefed deployment orders to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Staff Air Warfare Division as F/A-18 requirements officer, and chief of staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific.
Kelley will be headquartered at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads near Naval Station Norfolk.