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SAN DIEGO - Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman will relieve Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) July 19, at 10 a.m.
Hunt took command of SURFOR in June 2011. During his time at the helm of SURFOR, he provided combat ready warships to combatant commanders by effectively manning, training, and equipping a combined force of 163 ships, 53 special combat support force units and 64 subordinate staffs around the world. He will report next as Director, Navy Staff, in Washington, D.C.
Copeman has served aboard cruisers and destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. His command tours include USS Benfold (DDG 65), Commander Joint task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and most recently as Chief of Legislative Affairs.
SURFOR is responsible for the readiness of cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious assault ships, and logistics and fleet support ships. Eight of these ships belong to the Naval Reserve Force.
The entire surface 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.
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