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US admiral is new NATO supreme commander

NATO announced today that it had appointed US Admiral James Stavridis as its supreme military commander, following a request from the United States.

world Updated: May 12, 2009 23:55 IST

NATO announced today that it had appointed US Admiral James Stavridis as its supreme military commander, following a request from the United States.

Stavridis will replace US General John Craddock as Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), said a statement from the Defence Planning Committee of the world's biggest military alliance.

"The committee agreed with great regret to release General Craddock from his assignment as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe," the statement said.

"They expressed to General Craddock, in the name of the NATO governments, lasting gratitude for his distinguished service."

Stavridis is currently serving as commander of United States Southern Command, based in Florida in the United States.