CNSF Fact Sheet

Commander, Naval Surface Forces

Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR) is in the administrative chain-of-command and reports directly to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT). COMNAVSURFOR administers to assigned forces, conducts training, provides for logistic support, and exercises operational control of forces not assigned to other commanders as directed by COMPACFLT. The general mission of the staff is to ensure that maximum support is provided to the Commander in maintaining all units of the Force in the optimum state of training, readiness, discipline and morale in order to maintain a maximum degree of readiness for war.

The Surface Force was created in a developmental status on January 1, 1975. The Pacific Fleet’s Amphibious Force, Cruiser-Destroyer Force and Service Force merged on April 1, 1975 to form the basis of the Surface Force staff. On July 1, 1975, the Surface Force became fully operational.

The entire Force comprises approximately 49,000 active duty military, 4,800 reservists and 3,865 civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force, comprises approximately 355 people; 240 military and 115 civilians.

COMNAVSURFOR is responsible for the readiness of 82 ships. These ships include cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, and logistics and fleet support ships. Eight of these ships belong to the Naval Reserve Force.

Ships of the Pacific Force operate from the west coast of the United States to the East Coast of Africa and into the Persian Gulf, from the North Pole to the South Pole -- in all, an area covering more than 102 million square miles.

There are 31 subordinate staffs that report to COMNAVSURFOR. These staffs and the ships of the Force operate out of six homeports located throughout the Pacific region. They are Naval Station Bremerton, Naval Station Everett in Washington; Naval Station San Diego, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in California; Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; and Fleet Activities Yokosuka and Sasebo in Japan.

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