San Diego welcomes new Navy Mayor: Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge to command Navy Region Southwest

SAN DIEGO - San Diego welcomed a new Navy Mayor on Tuesday.

It is an honorary title, but those chosen to command Navy Region Southwest have always been dubbed San Diego's Navy Mayor.

"He or she is the face of the Navy in San Diego as far anyone is concerned," said Len Hering, a former Navy Mayor himself.

The new commander is Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, who relieved Rear Adm. Dixon Smith.

Lorge comes to San Diego from the U.S. Naval District in Washington D.C.

In comparing the two, Lorge said, "Here you are knee-deep in operational Navy and that's not a bad thing at all."

Lorge, a former F-14 pilot, said he has flown all over California after being stationed in Lemoore but was never assigned to San Diego until now.  

"True, I am new to San Diego, but I think that's a good thing because it gives me a unique perspective," he said.

As head of Navy Region Southwest, Lorge commands more than 81,000 active-duty sailors at 11 different installations.

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