|Vice Admiral Thomas S. Rowden
Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
A native of Washington, D.C. and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Vice Adm. Rowden has served in a diverse range of sea and shore assignments.
Rowden's sea duty assignments include duty in cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. During these tours, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, East China Sea, Philippine Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, and Gulf of Guinea/West Africa areas of operation. He commanded USS Milius (DDG 69), served as reactor officer in USS George Washington (CVN 73); commander, Destroyer Squadron 60; commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven; commander, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Strike Group; commander Carrier Strike Group 11, and commander, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group.
Ashore, he has served on the Joint Staff as an action officer in the Defense and Space Operations Division (J38); on the chief of naval operations staff as the theater missile and air defense branch head for the Director, Navy Missile Defense (N71), and as the executive assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare (N76). He completed a tour as Surface Warfare Officer (nuclear) assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel Command, and served as commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, R.I., where he oversaw the training of every officer en route to duty on ships at sea.
His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. His most recent assignment was on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as director, Surface Warfare Division. Rowden earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
His current assignment is Commander Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Rowden's decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit, and campaign awards.
Brown Assumes Command of Naval Surface Forces
San Diego (Jan. 18, 2018) -- Vice Adm. Richard A. Brown relieves Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet today. The turnover was conducted at the SURFOR headquarters on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. With the mission of warfighting and winning at sea, SURFOR provides Fleet Commanders with lethal, ready, well-trained, and logistically-supported Surface Forces to assure, deter and win at sea.
Statement from Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces
Today, I have informed the chief of naval operations that this Thursday I will step aside earlier than previously planned as the commander, Naval Surface Forces, and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. This was a difficult decision to make, but I make it with the best interest of the Surface Warfare community and the Navy in mind.
In December, the Senate confirmed Rear Adm. Richard Brown to be the next commander of Naval Surface Forces and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The Surface Warfare community will be in good hands as Rich is a superb and talented naval officer.
In this job, I've spent three and a half years traveling around the world spending time with our Surface Force and the men and women who bring life, energy and purpose to our ships. I've loved this job and the people I've worked with. It has been the highest honor to serve our Nation and the Navy for more than 40 years.
Surface Forces Are Refocused
From U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings Magazine January 2018. -- Over the summer, two tragedies took the lives of 17 sailors on board the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). These accidents were preceded by the grounding of the USS Antietam (CG-54) and the collision of the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) with a South Korean fishing boat.
New Course Builds Bridge Proficiency In Junior Officers
NEWPORT, R.I. – Twelve ensigns completed the pilot Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD) Course at Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Command, Dec. 15. The course will be refined and informed by feedback from the students and fleet in the months ahead.
Enhancing Safety and Warfighting
SAN DIEGO (NNS) – Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) issued a new policy aimed toward ensuring Sailors assigned to warships and afloat staffs are getting the necessary rest to operate safely, and ultimately increase their warfighting capabilities.
Armor Up - Surface Warfare Officer School
A roaring wall of flames rolls over Sailors' heads as the hose team - made up of Sailors who just checked into their first ship - inches its way through a smoke-filled room.
CNSP Selects HQ Sailor of the Year for 2017
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) announced the 2017 Sailor of the Year (SOY) and Junior Sailor of the Year (JSOY) for the CNSP staff during a Tree Lighting ceremony Nov. 29.
Engineering Course Prepares Leaders for the Fleet
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, stopped by the Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Engineering Schoolhouse to speak to the chief petty officers (CPOs) enrolled in the Senior Enlisted Propulsion Engineering Course (SEPEC).
Warfighting Serial #13
Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden released Warfighting Serial #13, titled Confidence and Competence on September 15, which calls on unit commanders to take increased measures to ensure the safety and readiness of our forces.
Sea Services Arrive for Fleet Week San Diego
San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726) arrived in downtown San Diego, Oct. 11, to begin Fleet Week San Diego.
Surface Forces Assessing if Ships are Ready for Sea
SAN DIEGO -- Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) ordered Ready For Sea Assessments (RFSA) for all surface warships. Surface combatants forward deployed to Japan are being assessed first through a review of critical mission areas.
VADM Rowden Visits Yokosuka
170920-N-ZL062-011 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 20, 2017) Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Commander Naval Surface Forces, receives a tour from the crew of the forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) before an all hands call on the pier. Rowden is visiting Fleet Activities Yokosuka, where most of the forward-deployed 7th Fleet ships are stationed, to better understand forward-deployed readiness challenges and to discuss the role of the new Naval Surface Group Western Pacific organization. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers/Released)
San Diego Sailors Preview Season 4 Premiere of "The Last Ship"
SAN DIEGO – Sailors attended an exclusive premiere of the Turner Network Television (TNT) series “The Last Ship” alongside the show’s writers, producers and actors at Naval Base San Diego July 23, nearly one month before the scheduled air date of Aug. 20.
USS Mason Awarded Battenberg Cup
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command announced that the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) was awarded the 2016 Battenberg Cup, May 23.
Naval Forces visits Hawaii
Commander, Naval Surface Forces arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the Pacific Fleet Commander’s Conference.
CNSP Announces Sea Shore Sailors of the Year
SAN DIEGO -- Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2016 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego, Jan. 27.
SURFPAC Welcomes 2016 SOY Finalists
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) welcomed eight Sailors and their spouses for the annual Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY) Week in San Diego, Jan. 22-27.
Sea Control First
Our Navy must control the sea to project power anywhere around the globe. Yet despite the primacy of sea control to all other naval operations and to our nation’s security, we struggle at times to define “this wonderful and mysterious power,” not only to the public but also to ourselves. It is important to get the terms right, as it is only then that we can shape the path to our return to sea control.
USS Shiloh Hosts Tiger Day Cruise
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 22, 2016) – Students from Yokosuka Middle School and other Japanese and American civilian guests spent a day at sea while aboard the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) Nov. 22.
SURFPAC Hosts Women's Symposium
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces, delivered the opening remarks for the symposium. He encouraged Sailors to work together to change the surface navy for the better and to eliminate issues going forward. A philosophy that is supported by the theme for this year’s symposium, “Leading With Purpose: Impacting Our Future”.
Surface Warrior Recognized As Community Leader
BOSTON – Chief Fire Controlman Robert B. Strupczewski was presented the award of 2016 George Sirian Service Award on board USS Constitution, August 26th in recognition of his exemplary performance.
A Return to Sea Control
The leaders of all of our warfighting communities joined together to discuss how we can enhance our unity of effort, actions and mindset in the pursuit of sea control. As a collective maritime force, we must find ways to integrate across all domains in order to increase the combat effectiveness in establishing sea control, better articulate the value of our Navy as a deterrent force as other great power competitors emerge, and through our combined efforts, maintain a persistent forward presence posture to ensure regional stability.
Second RIMPAC Sinking Exercise Concludes
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Live fire from ships and aircraft participating in Rim of the Pacific 2016 sank the decommissioned USS Crommelin (FFG 37) July 19 in waters 15,000 feet deep and 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.
USS Arleigh Burke to Commemorate 25th Anniversary
NORFOLK – The guided-missile destroyer that leads a whole class of extremely capable, technologically advanced warships, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) will celebrate her silver anniversary July 4, with a weekend of events in downtown Norfolk where she was commissioned in 1991.
International Ships Sail to Hawaii for Rim of the Pacific 2016
SAN DIEGO - Four multinational groups have set sail toward Hawaii in support of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise commencing on June 30. Participating in Group Sail, 10 ships departed from San Diego, while 12 ships met in the Western Pacific Ocean.
26 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise
SAN DIEGO - Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
27 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty-seven nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise scheduled, June 30 - Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California.
SECDEF Visits Naval Base San Diego
After touring Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and meeting with Navy senior leadership, Carter addressed a crowd of more than 150 Sailors and local and national media about how the Department of Defense is investing in long-term naval power.
San Diego Homeport for Two New DDG Class Ships
SAN DIEGO - The Navy announced today the future guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) are scheduled to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego following their respective commissionings.
CNSP Announces 2015 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year
Each year, the best and brightest Sailors from commands throughout Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) come to San Diego to participate in a week-long team and morale building event and compete for the titles of SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailor of the Year (SOY). This year’s winners were announced during a banquet at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center in San Diego, Feb. 12.
2015 Holiday Message
Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 2015 holiday message.
Go Navy, Beat Army
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker and Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, pack car for road trip.
Fast Paced and In Depth
The purpose of the annual training is to provide reserve officers with a diverse and detailed overview of the future of surface warfare through hands-on experiences, unique site visits, and informative presentations.
Surface Line Week 2015 Wrap Up
SLW is an annual competitive event that allows San Diego military commands and service members the opportunity to showcase their athletic and professional talents in a variety of tournament-style competitions.
National POW/MIA Day 2015
This year the Department of Defense recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Fittingly, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), both named in honor of POWs who served with exemplary courage and honor during their captivity in North Vietnam, hosted a POW/MIA Day ceremony at Naval Base San Diego today.
Seattle Seafair Fleet Week Concludes
SEATTLE, Wash. (NNS) -- The 66th annual Seattle Seafair (SSF) concluded when U.S. Navy ships USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) departed from the Port of Seattle.
Reducing the Burden
The Navy's top surface warfare officer says his staff is continuing to reduce unnecessary administrative functions for ships on the waterfront in order to improve warfighting readiness.
Zone Inspection Emphasis
Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, is reminding commanders and commanding officers of the importance he places on the zone inspection program and how the program contributes to overall warfighting readiness.
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships and crews that present the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasks.
CARAT 2015 Exercise Series Begins in the Philippines
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (NNS) -- Members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps along with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts kicked off the 2015 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series during an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Philippines.
A Different Type of Naval Knee-knocker
Fire Controlman Chief James Cramer shows us that morning colors isn't the only type of music in his life. (Video Story By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary Bell)
"Leaders are not born, they are forged, they are created," said Command Master Chief Joe Grgetich, the senior mentor for The Foundry 003 class and keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony. "During the past week these Sailors received leadership insight from both civilian and military leaders."
New procedures that will aid surface warfare officers and helicopter pilots while increasing safety during flight operations on destroyers have been successfully tested and recently rolled out to the fleet.
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Women’s History Month
CORONADO, Calif. - Military and civilian personnel on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) joined in paying tribute to the generations of women and their invaluable commitment to the military in a Women’s History Month celebration.
JMSDF Band Receives Prestigious Howard Citation
YOKOHAMA, Japan - Rear Adm. John Alexander (left), Commander, Task Force 70, presents the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Colonel George S. Howard Citation to Lt. Cmdr. Yoshio Higuchi, conductor of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, Yokosuka, during a concert at Minato Mirai Concert Hall.
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Black History Month
CORONADO, Calif. - Military and civilian personnel on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) gathered together to observe Black History Month with a special ceremony and luncheon.
SURFPAC Welcomes 2014 SOY Finalists
The eight Sailor of the Year (SOY) finalists for the 2014 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet SOY attend a breakfast with sponsors at the San Diego Zoo.
Sailors of the Year
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (SURFLANT) announced the 2014 Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY).
Exercise Red Reef 15 Kicks Off
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (NNS) -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with members of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, began exercise Red Reef 15 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Exercise Valiant Shield officially begins on Tinian
TINIAN, North Marianas Islands – U.S. service members spent the past two weeks on Tinian preparing the site for participants in Valiant Shield 2014, which commenced at various locations on land and in the sea, in and around Tinian and Guam.
U.S. joint forces sink former USS Fresno
PACIFIC OCEAN – Ships and aircraft sank the decommissioned former USS Fresno (LST 1182) at 3:15 p.m. in waters 18,000 feet deep, 215 nautical miles northeast of Guam as part of the exercise Valiant Shield 2014.
U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
PEARL HARBOR - Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in Exercise Valiant Shield (VS) on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. Participants include two aircraft carriers, 19 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft and an estimated 18,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
International Mine Countermeasure Exercise Announced
MANAMA, Bahrain – Representatives from more than 40 nations spanning six continents are preparing for their participation in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX), a defensive maritime exercise to be held in the international waterways of the Middle East.
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden relieved Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), during a change of command and retirement ceremony aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4).