Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, located in San Diego, California, ensures surface ships of the Pacific Fleet are properly trained, maintained and crewed to support military operations with not only other U.S. military services, but also friendly nations anywhere in the world. NAVSURFPAC ships generally deploy within the over 102 million square miles of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. During deployments, which are typically six months long, these ships and their crews provide "forward presence." Simply put, this is the representation of United States political and economic interests through real and credible presence of the Navy.
On 1 October 2001, CNO designated CINCLANTFLT as Commander Fleet Forces Command (CFFC). CFFC is responsible for coordinating, establishing and implementing integrated requirements and policies for manning, training, and equipping Atlantic and Pacific Fleet units during the inter-deployment training cycle. To support CFFC in this task, type commanders (TYCOM) within each warfare community became the commanders of Naval Surface Force Pacific, Naval Air Force Pacific and Submarine Force Atlantic. They assumed concurrent duties as fleet TYCOMS, known as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR); Commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR); and Commander, Naval Submarine Forces (COMNAVSUBFOR). These fleet TYCOMs lead their communities and advise CFFC of vital issues such as modernization needs, training initiatives, and operational concept development.