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Rowden Relieves Wisecup as Commander U.S. Foces Korea

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070921-03
Release Date: 9/21/2007 3:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd Macdonald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL, South Korea (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Thomas S. Rowden relieved Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) during a change of command ceremony held in the Collier Field House Gymnasium on Sept. 18.

Prior to turning over command to Rowden, Wisecup praised his Sailors and staff for all their accomplishments.

“I can say with certainty that we sure have a great bunch of Navy folks on the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “It has been a privilege to serve in here in a very interesting period of time. It has been an honor.”

Wisecup also welcomed his successor.

“Admiral Rowden is not here by accident,” he said. “He was specially selected for this assignment, and his service reputation precedes him. I know that Naval Forces Korea will be in good hands.”

Rowden comes to CNFK from Newport, R.I., where he was the commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officer School. While there, he oversaw the training of every officer en route to duties on ships at sea.

Serving as commander for CNFK will have unique challenges, but challenges that he said he is excited about.

“I welcome this opportunity to work in the joint and combined environment of the combined forces command and United States Forces Korea as well as to share in the supporting effort of further strengthening relationships between the navies of the Republic of Korea and the United States,” Rowden said.

CNFK is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the United Nations Command, the Republic of Korea and U.S. Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea. CNFK also serves as liaison to the ROK Navy, the Combined Forces Commander staff in armistice and in wartime and to the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka.

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