|Rear Admiral John B. Mustin
Deputy Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (October 2016 - October 2018)
Rear Adm. John B. Mustin is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Weapons and Systems Engineering and was commissioned in 1990. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Business Administration (cum laude) in Finance and Management from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He earned his Joint Professional Military Education from the Air University’s Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.
His initial sea duty assignment was aboard USS Vincennes (CG 49), where he served as combat information center officer and the Independence (CV 62) Battle Group’s air warfare commander and later as navigator. Subsequent sea duty assignments include a tour as the pre-commissioning operations officer on USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), where he served as the Navy’s first underway Regional Air Defense commander during the All Services Combat Identification Evaluation Team exercise.
Affiliating with the Navy Reserve in 2001, Mustin served as assistant operations officer at Battle Group Staff 2 in support of USS George Washington (CVN 72) Strike Group during Operation Enduring Freedom. Other staff assignments include tours as the training department head (N7) Navy Reserve (NR) Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5) at the Pentagon Navy Command Center; deputy commander and plankowner at Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 14; operations officer (N3) at NR Carrier Strike Group 10 in support of USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Strike Group; and executive officer at Personnel Mobilization Team 101.
His command tours include NR Joint Staff South; NR U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Operations Center, Greensboro, North Carolina; NR MSRON-6 in Portsmouth, Virginia; and Inshore Boat Unit 22, including a mobilization to Kuwait during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he served for two years as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Navy Reserve Enterprise director, responsible for the reserve manning, training and equipping of the projected 1000-billet LCS surface reserve force.
Mustin is a graduate of the Senior Navy Reserve Officer Course and is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Navy Battle Efficiency ‘E’, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various service, expeditionary, unit and campaign awards. He is authorized to wear the Command Ashore insignia and Small Craft Insignia as officer-in-charge of combatant craft.
Los Angeles Fleet Week Begins
LOS ANGELES – The third annual Los Angeles Fleet week (LAFW) began as ships arrived at the Port of Los Angeles World Cruise Terminal followed by the event’s opening ceremony Aug. 28.
Fleet Week Hosts DSCA Seminar
Military and civilian leaders gathered at the start of Los Angeles Fleet Week (LAFW) for a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) seminar.
New Division Officers Graduate from SWOS
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- A crowd of over 150 friends, family and shipmates gathered to celebrate the graduation of 121 Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) Basic Division Officer Course (BDOC) San Diego students Aug. 24.
Navy Leadership Meet in San Diego to Discuss Surface Warfare
Navy leaders, from Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson to newly pinned one-star admirals, met in San Diego Aug. 20-24, for a number of seminars and symposiums to review the efforts toward making the Surface Force a more effective, lethal force.
Hawaii based Ships Sortie ahead of Hurricane Lane
Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, announced that U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have begun to sortie as Hurricane Lane travels toward the Hawaiian Islands.
37th Surface Line Week Pacific Concludes
SAN DIEGO-- The 37th Surface Line Week (SLW) competition concluded Aug. 17 after two weeks of professional and athletic events among San Diego’s Surface Warriors.
US Malaysia Commence 24th CARAT Exercise
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (NNS) -- The U.S. and Royal Malaysian Navy commenced the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, August 10.
RIMPAC 2018 Participants Conduct Second Sinking Exercise
Live fire from a ship and an aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) July 19 in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii.
SWOS Delivers Newest Department Heads to the Fleet
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) graduated 65 new surface warfare department heads, during a ceremony held onboard Naval Station Newport at the Admiral Michael G. Mullen Auditorium July 12.
Navy Uniform Update Released
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy announced the expansion of hair styles for women along with several other uniform policy changes and updates in NAVADMIN 163/18, July 11.
Commander US Pacific Fleet to hold RIMPAC 2018 Opening Press Conference
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino, and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander will announce the beginning of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 28 to Aug. 2, during a press conference June 28 at 10:30 a.m. on pier S-1A, located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Surface Warfare: a Running Fix
For 242 years, the U.S. Navy — more specifically, the forward-deployed and globally-present surface force — has safeguarded our economic, diplomatic, and military security interests.
US Navy Announces 26th RIMPAC Exercise
Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 27 to Aug. 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
Win First and Then Go to War
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” This 2,500-year-old Sun Tzu maxim was the quote of the day in USS Mason’s Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, plan of the day.
How XO/CO Fleet-Up Enhances Operational Competence
Among the many debates occurring across the Navy in the wake of the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S. MCCAIN collision mishaps of last summer is whether or not the Surface Community should continue with the unit-level XO/CO Fleet-Up policy.
XO–CO Fleet-Up Works
In December 2005, the surface force’s leaders decided to transition from a traditional executive officer (XO) and commanding officer (CO) model of separate tours to a fleet-up model where the current XO relieves the CO on the same ship.
Readying the Fleet to Own the Fight
From Navy Live (http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/03/23/readying-the-fleet-to-own-the-fight/).
Our Navy’s enduring mission is to protect and defend America and its national interests worldwide. As the largest contingent of the Nation’s maritime warfighting force, it is critical our surface ships continue to “own the fight” by being the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest warships operating around the globe.
Vice Adm. Brown Gets Underway on LCS; impressed with capabilities, Sailors
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 16, 2018) Cmdr. Karl McCarthy, commanding officer of USS Coronado (LCS 4) (left), and Vice Adm. Rich Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (center), watch as Lt. Anthony Grayson performs the shipping officer watch duties on the bridge of the Independence-class littoral combat ship Coronado. Coronado is one of eight LCS homeported in San Diego.
Surface Force Commander Talks with Waterfront Leadership
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 9, 2018) Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), speaks with commanding officers during a commanders call at Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 onboard Naval Station Mayport. Brown initiated the face-to- face dialogue with the leaders to discuss the future of the surface warfare community, the importance of command, and his command philosophy on how the force remains the best, the fastest, the toughest and the smartest Naval Surface Force in the world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Lopez/Released)
Surface Force Commander Engages Leadership Aboard USS The Sullivans
Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) and commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), held a commander’s call March 9 aboard guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport to engage with the ship’s leadership.
US Naval Academy Holds Ship Selection for Class of 2018
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Two hundred, fifty-six future surface warfare officers selected the ships they will serve on after graduation during the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen Ship Selection Night Jan. 25 in Alumni Hall.
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”.