Region’s top Navy leader celebrates his retirement

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Admiral Bill Gortney, who led the Navy through some of the toughest times as commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, celebrated his retirement Tuesday.

The event took place on board the locally-based USS George Washington.

Gortney left Hampton Roads in 2014 to head up the U.S. Northern Command/NORAD.

In his early days as a Naval officer, Gortney was a pilot. He clocked more than 5,000 flight hours.

Gortney followed in the footsteps of his father, who was also a Navy pilot. He said he owes much of his success to his dad.

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