Naval Surface Forces Command Mission, Vision, and Ethos


A Surface Force second to none that controls the seas and provides the Nation with combat naval power when and where needed.

Own The Fight


Man, Train, and equip the Surface Force to provide Fleet Commanders with credible naval power to control the sea and project power ashore.

Guiding Principles

Good Stewardship, Professional Development, Safety

Every commanding officer must prepare their ship, their crew and themselves for combat at anytime and anywhere. We must always look to the future; a time when we will be called upon to employ every combat system, engineering system and fellow shipmate to fight, win and return home. We will achieve success in the Surface Force by focusing on the following guiding principles of GOOD STEWARDSHIP, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, and SAFETY. Once we are operating at the highest level of these guiding principles, we will OWN THE FIGHT!

Surface Warfare Ethos

  • We deploy to where the nation needs us and excel in the sea, air and land domains
  • We serve with integrity and lead with humility, compassion and professionalism
  • We embrace the traditions that are the foundations of our service and nation
  • We are highly adaptable, lethal and tough in today’s fight
  • We are courageous, disciplined and accountable maritime professionals
  • We are the Best, the Fastest, the Toughest, and the Smartest Naval Surface Force in the World
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