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Furze Takes Helm of Commander, Undersea Surveillance

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070524-01
Release Date: 5/24/2007 7:53:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cory Rose, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Capt. Peter Furze relieved Capt. David Kern as Commander, Undersea Surveillance (COMUNDERSEASURV) during a change of command ceremony May 22 at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex.

Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command spoke about Kerns’ many accomplishments during his tour, attributing them to his "thoughtful, energetic, thorough, visionary, and extraordinarily effective leadership."

"When I look back over your impressive achievements over the last two years I know that it's not chance, its been thorough preparation and hard work."

Kern, who took command in May 2005, addressed the command for the last time and expressed his gratitude for their hard work during his tenure.

"The successes that we have enjoyed, are solely due to the hard work of the officers, Sailors and civilian staff of undersea surveillance that are standing watch on our watch floors and on our ships," said Kern.

Before reporting to COMUNDERSEASURV, Furze served as the interim commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and served as the command's Chief of Staff through April 2007. Furze holds a bachelor's of science in meteorology from Saint Louis University and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in September 1979. He then earned a master of science in meteorology and oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in May 1986, completing his thesis in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) oceanography.

"I thank you now for what you do for years to come and what you have done to this date," said Furze, addressing his crew for the first time.

Kern will report to commander, Naval Submarine Forces Atlantic as the director of submarine requirements and warfare development.

COMUNDERSEASURV is the staff and headquarters of the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System whose mission is to support fleet antisubmarine warfare forces through detection, classification, tracking and reporting of subsurface, surface and air maritime activities and other acoustic and ocean environmental data of national interest.

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