| GEO World|
| US admiral appointed new NATO commander|
| Updated at: 2039 PST, Tuesday, May 12, 2009|
BRUSSELS: NATO announced Tuesday 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. Like Craddock, he will also serve as commander of US forces in Europe.