WASHINGTON — The U.S. surface fleet is setting its sights on restoring readiness, an effort led by a new boss who is laser-focused on a force that was twice battered in 2017 by deadly collisions in the Pacific.
Since taking the helm at Naval Surface Force Pacific, the fleet’s new type commander has made clear both publicly and internally that proper manning, training and equipping of surface ships is his priority. Vice Adm. Richard Brownstepped into the role as SURFOR commander for outgoing Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, who stepped aside after the Navy’s top adjudicator for the collisions recommended he be relieved.
A manpower expert who most recently served as the commanding officer of Navy Personnel Command, Brown was dispatched to Naval Base Coronado with a mandate to focus on the basics of manning, training and equipping his ships for operations.
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