|Captain John P. Gelinne
Chief of Staff (Relieved June 3, 2011)
Captain John Patrick Gelinne was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Afloat, Captain Gelinne served as Gunnery Officer and First Lieutenant in USS CONNOLE (FF 1056) and later as Weapons Officer in USS VALDEZ (FF 1096). He was the commissioning Commanding Officer of USS HURRICANE (PC3). Captain Gelinne served as Executive Officer in USS PETERSON (DD 969) and commanded USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59). His most recent afloat tour was Commodore, Destroyer Squadron Twenty Two.
Ashore, Captain Gelinne has been assigned to the Surface Warfare Officer School, the Joint Staff, OPNAV Surface Warfare Directorate (N86) and most recently, the 2010 Navy’s Quadrennial Defense Review Office.
Captain Gelinne attended the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College, earning Master’s Degrees in Information Systems Management and National Security Strategic Studies. During his Joint Staff tour, he attended National Defense University and achieved the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Certification.
Captain Gelinne’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (2), Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Navy Commendation Medal (2), the Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various service and unit awards.
Jarrett Sailors Revive Tradition
The tradition of “Tacking on the Crow” was brought back as it was meant to be, as senior Sailors aboard USS Jarrett (FFG 33) tacked rank patches on the coveralls of newly advanced Sailors during a pre-frocking ceremony, May 28.
From Island Boy to Admiral
Naval Surface Forces’ (SURFOR) Chief of Staff, Captain Peter A. Gumataotao, was recently selected for the rank of rear admiral lower half, making him the first Guamanian U.S. Navy officer to attain flag rank
Surface Commanders Meet to Improve Warfighting Readiness
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, hosted the 2009 Commanders Conference at Admiral Baker Club House in San Diego, to discuss Surface Navy readiness June 30-July 1. The conference’s theme was “What it means to be a SWO”.
SURFOR Hosts SWFOTS
Naval Surface Forces hosted the annual Surface Warfare Officer Flag Officers Training Symposium August 5-7 at Naval Air Station North Island.
Surface Line Week 2009 Concludes
Surface Line Week 2009, a competition between Surface Forces Sailors in a variety of seamanship and sporting events, concluded with an awards ceremony.
Post 9-11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.
USS Cape St. George Changes Command at Sea
USS Cape St. George (CG 71) held a change of command ceremony at sea on Sept. 27. Capt. Patrick C. Rabun turned over command of the guided missile cruiser to Capt. William D. Byrne, Jr.
“Green Ship” to be Commissioned
USS Makin Island (LHD 8) will be formally commissioned in a ceremony on Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Oct. 24, 2009.
SURFOR Honors SWOS Graduates
Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis hosted a graduation ceremony in honor of 18 newly-commissioned Ensigns of the Surface Warfare Officer Introduction Class 09005 Oct. 23.
MCPON Visits with Surface/Air CMCs
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/SW) Rick D. West met with fleet, force, and command master chief petty officers at Naval Air Station North Island Oct. 22 in conjunction with the Command Caster Chief/Senior Enlisted Leader Symposium.
SURFOR Member Receives Lasswell Award
Naval Surface Forces’ Rich Caccese was awarded the A. Bryan Lasswell In-Service Engineering Award for Fleet Support by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) during a banquet at the Bahia Resort Oct. 28.
Rentz Sailor Dies in UAE
A Sailor assigned to USS Rentz (FFG 46) sustained fatal injuries due to electric shock while conducting repairs in an auxiliary machinery space
USS Wayne E. Meyer Arrives in San Diego
USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived at its new homeport in San Diego Dec. 4, where the ship will be stationed after transiting from the Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and staff members visit the Center for Security Forces
100506-N-2259P-007 SAN DIEGO (May 6, 2010) - Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and staff members visit the Center for Security Forces-visit, board, search, and seizure School on the San Diego Waterfront. Curtis and staff members were able to talk with Sailor and see firsthand how real world scenarios are incorporated into the classroom and practical training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elena Pence/RELEASED)
SURFPAC to Welcome Midshipmen for Summer Training
Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) will welcome the first of nearly 1,000 Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen next week, as they converge on the San Diego waterfront for summer training.
ACU-1 Deploys with Peleliu
Assault Craft Unit ONE (ACU-1) said farewell to Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1630, 1633, 1635, and 1665 as they left San Diego May 22 for a scheduled seven-month Western Pacific deployment onboard USS Peleliu (LHA 5).
SURFPAC Welcomes Midshipmen for Summer Training
Over eight, one-week long training blocks, Naval Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Midshipmen will experience a wide range of Surface Warfare activities, including demonstrations, ship and shore command tours, and an underway embark. Members of the SURFPAC staff, along with San Diego waterfront leadership, have planned a number of activities designed to introduce Midshipmen to the Surface Navy.
Midshipmen Practice Proper Team Hose Handling Techniques
Midshipmen practice proper team hose handling techniques at the Fire Fighting Trainer at Naval Station San Diego. Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy conduct an 8-week series of weeklong training exercises in surface warfare activities.
SURFPAC Visits Waterfront
Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) speaks to San Diego waterfront commanding officers about the latest training and readiness initiatives. These regular engagements are an important tool to ensure that SURFPAC continues to meet waterfront needs.
Keel To Be Laid for Future USS Michael Murphy
WASHINGTON - Symbolically recognizing the beginning of ship construction, the Navy will authenticate the keel for future USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) June 18 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Admirals Discuss Latest Surface Force Initiatives
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), discusses individual augmentee deployments while on a tour of headquarters with Rear Adm. Shinichi Tokumaru, Commander, Japan Training Squadron. The two admirals held an office call to discuss the latest Surface Force initiatives and upcoming combined training opportunities.
NSC Offers Safety Tips for Fourth of July
NORFOLK, Va. - With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, risk management professionals at Naval Safety Center (NSC) are reinforcing safety advice and risk management principles.
USS Midway Museum Hosts Largest All-Military Naturalization Ceremony
SAN DIEGO - Service members recite the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Three hundred service members from 51 countries became U.S. citizens during the ceremony sponsored by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
RIMPAC 2010 Surface Engagement
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2010) Royal Australian Navy frigate Warramunga (FFH-152) engages Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) with her 5-inch gun during a surface engagement, subsequently sending her below the surface of the Pacific Ocean at 1809 local time. Ex-USS New Orleans served in the U.S. Navy between 1968 and 1997. The ship was used for high end multi-national target practice during Exercise RIMPAC 2010, being fired upon by Harpoon missiles, laser guided bombs and a barrage of naval gun fire.
SURFPAC Waterfront Engagements
SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) speaks to San Diego waterfront commanding officers about the latest training and readiness initiatives. These regular engagements are an important tool to ensure that SURFPAC continues to meet waterfront needs. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel J. Taylor/RELEASED)
Ribbon Cutting Officially Opening Surface Warrior Park
Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, joins base officials to cut the ribbon officially opening Surface Warrior Park on Naval Base San Diego. The park, which consists of 2 baseball fields, is a environmentally friendly design that utilizes synthetic grass to save water and minimize maintenance costs.
DOD Releases Names of Missing Sailors
The Department of Defense announced today that Petty Officer Justin McNeley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colo., died from wounds sustained from an incident that occurred July 23, 2010 in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
SURFPAC EDO Wins Community Diversity Award
Lt. Moneé Freas receives the Naval Sea Systems Command Community Diversity Award from Rear Admiral Richard D. Berkey, Fleet Maintenance Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet, at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Naval Base San Diego. The award was presented in recognition of Freas’ contributions to the Diversity Working Group and her role in the creation of the Network of Engineering Duty Women, an organization focused on inspiring young women to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
USS Cape St. George (CG 71) Standing Watch
PACIFIC OCEAN - Senior Chief Fire Controlman Zack C. Hallman stands watch during a test of the Aegis weapons system aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Arif Patani/Released)
Midshipmen Ride LCU’s to Shore
San Diego – Over one-hundred Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipmen kicked off the final week of their summer training program by riding the waves with the Coronado-based Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 Monday, August 2.
USS Curtis Wilbur Cuts Through Rough Pacific Seas
PACIFIC OCEAN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG54) transits through rough seas in the Pacific Ocean. Curtis Wilbur is part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group helping ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialists 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas (Released)
Surface Line Week 2010
SAN DIEGO— Surface Line Week (SLW), a ten day contest sponsored by Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet will begin Aug. 12 and run through Aug 20. The annual competition is a marquee event on the San Diego waterfront and features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of seamanship and sporting events.
Surface Line Week 2010 Underway in San Diego
San Diego – San Diego’s 29th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) continued today with the commencement of volleyball, football, soccer, softball, racquetball, and basketball tournaments; the inaugural swimming competition; and the visual communications, lathe, and welding contests.
U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Perform at Navy Week
Boise, ID - The U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, perform at the Western Idaho Fair during Boise Navy Week, one of 20 Navy Weeks planned across American for 2010. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a signigicant navy presence. (U.S. Navy phot by Senior Chief Mass Communication Sepcialist Gary Ward/Rreleased)
Top Navy Officer Visits San Diego
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of San Diego, the West Coast Surface Navy Association (SNA) Symposium and conducted an all-hands call with Sailors in San Diego Aug. 26.
SURFPAC Commands and Local School District Partner in Education
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) joined local San Ysidro School District to create the first type commander and school district partnership in the history of Partners in Education (PIE), during a kick-off ceremony held at SURFPAC headquarters Aug. 30.
Navy, Marine Corps Team Moves to Southern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team, partnering with the Pakistani government, is moving from Ghazi to a southern location at Pano Aqil Air Base, near Sukkur, Pakistan, to support relief operations as flood waters move south.
SURFPAC Celebrates Ombudsmen's 40th Anniversary
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) celebrated the 40th anniversary of the ombudsmen program with an awards ceremony honoring 81 ombudsmen in San Diego on Sept. 8th.
Naval Base San Diego Hosts Boxing Camp
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Dozens of Sailors from the local area participated in the All-Navy Boxing Mini-camp Sept. 11 and 12 at the Admiral Prout Field House aboard Naval Base San Diego.
Re-enactment Honors Inchon Landing's 60th Anniversary
SEOUL, South Korea (NNS) -- Inchon, South Korea, took on a movie-set quality Sept. 15 as U.S. Marines and their South Korean and U.N. counterparts re-enacted the massive amphibious landing 60 years ago that ultimately turned the tide in the Korean War.
SEALs Bike Across America
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Six bike riders participating in a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Foundation charity bike ride received a ceremonial send-off in Coronado, Calif. Sept. 26.
San Diego Ensigns Graduate from SWOS Indoctrination
SAN DIEGO - Twenty-eight ensigns were recognized Friday for completing the San Diego Surface Warfare Officers (SWOS) Indoctrination course at a graduation ceremony held at Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) headquarters.
USS Sterett (DDG 104) to Depart on Maiden Deployment
SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile destroyer, USS Sterett (DDG 104) will depart San Diego on its maiden deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR) Oct. 22. USS Sterett will sail independently to join the deployed Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.
Ensigns Graduate from "Baby SWOS" Indoctination Course
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty-eight ensigns were recognized Aug. 19 for completing the San Diego Surface Warfare Officers (SWOS) Indoctrination course during a graduation ceremony held at Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) headquarters.
San Diego Area Sailor Receives Purple Heart
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- An explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Sailor received a Purple Heart in recognition of injuries he sustained while in Afghanistan during a ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma Nov. 22.
SURFPAC Sailors Exchange Banners with Sunset Elementary
SAN DIEGO - Sailors from Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) and USS Rushmore (LSD 47) visited Sunset Elementary School in San Ysidro, Calif., Dec. 13 for a banner exchange celebration as part of the Partners in Education (PIE) Program.
Navy Efficiencies Announced
WASHINGTON - The Secretary of Defense announced Jan. 6 a series of efficiencies decisions designed to save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion during the next five years.
SURFPAC 2010 Sailor of the Year Finalists Arrive in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 21, 2011) - Naval Surface Forces Force Master Chief Eric Page stands with the eight finalists for 2010 Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sailor of the Year competition as they gather for a group photo at the San Diego Zoo during a breakfast held for the competition.
SURFPAC's Top Fleet, Shore Sailors Announced
SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) announced the 2010 SURFPAC Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Coronado, Calif., Feb 25, sponsored by the Surface Navy Association.
Surface Families Rally to Support Evacuees
SAN DIEGO (April 8, 2011) — Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s (SURFPAC) Ombudsman is leading a campaign to collect donations that began March 26, to support Navy families evacuated from Japan after an earthquake and subsequent Tsunami struck the country March 11.
Fun Day for Safety Patrol Students
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2011) - San Diego Police Department (SDPD) teamed up with Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet chief petty officers in a tug of war match against the School Safety Patrol (SSP) students.
Hunt Takes Command of SURFOR
SAN DIEGO – Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis was relieved Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a ceremony at SURFOR headquarters, June 3.