Commander, Naval Surface Forces
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.



Sea Control First
USS Wasp
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, right, speaks with Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, left.
USS Arleigh Burke
Distributed Lethality
Great Green Fleet
Sailors of the Year 2015
2015 SOY Finalist (Shore) - YN1(SW/AW) Brandy D. Brossard
Happy Holidays!
2014 Copeman Award
Surface Line Week
USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)
U.S. Sailors and Marines join the Malaysian Armed Forces for CARAT 2015
34th Surface Line Week Kicks Off in San Diego
San Diego Area Sailors Attend JUMP Event at Petco Park
Seattle Seafair Fleet Week Concludes
Sailors and Marines enhance partnership with Singapore Armed Forces during 21st CARAT Exercise
Female Enlisted Sailor in Singapore Selected for Submarine Force
US Navy Photo
21st Annual CARAT Philippines 2015 Concludes in Puerto Princesa
CARAT 2015 Exercise Series Begins in the Philippines
SURFPAC Announces Dates for 2015 Surface Line Week Competition
Australia, U.S. Alliance on Display for Talisman Sabre 2015
MCPON Honors WWII Navy MOH Recipient at PCU John Finn Christening
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Peter Kamu a participant in “The Foundry”
Operator Polar Plot - Concept
U.S. Pacific Fleet Announces 2014 Sea, Shore Sailors of the Year
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Women’s History Month
Health and Safety Identified as Key Elements of Warfighting Readiness for Surface Forces
eDIVO Mobile App for U.S. Navy DIVOs and CPOs Now Available
Navy Adds Measures to Enhance Safety During Shipboard Flight Operations
JMSDF Band Receives Prestigious Howard Citation
COMNAVSURFPAC Staff Celebrates Black History Month
San Diego Shipboard Sailors Sharpen Safety Skills at Seminar
SOY 2014 Candidates
Sailors of the Year
Surface Navy Association Begins National Symposium to Discuss Future
Exercise Valiant Shield officially begins on Tinian
U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014
International Mine Countermeasure Exercise Announced
Copeman turns over SURFOR to Rowden

 Served with...

Force Master Chief
Chief Of Staff (Aug 07, 2014 - May 28, 2015)
Chief of Staff (May 28, 2015 - July 18, 2016)
Deputy (October 1, 2015 - Sept 30, 2016)
Chief Of Staff (July 2016 - Present)
Deputy (Oct 1, 2016 - Present)
Chief Of Staff (June 9, 2017 - Present)
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