CTF-53 Change of Command

More than 200 military and civilian personnel attended the change of command ceremony for Commander Task Force 53 (CTF-53), Commander, Military Sealift Command Central(COMMSCCENT), and Commander, Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMLOGFORNAVCENT) onboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain.  

The change of command ceremony saw Navy Capt. Edwin D. Kaiser relieve Navy Capt. Glen S. Leverette as commodore of CTF-53 Bahrain.

Some of CTF-53’s and MSCCENT’s noteworthy accomplishments during Capt. Leverette’s command include successfully executing operational and tactical control of 1,700 personnel, 15 ships, 3 aircraft detachments, 3 forward logistics sites with an annual budget of $45 million.

His strategic leadership expanded navy logistics access to 16 ports and airports, permitting the distribution of $2.4 billion of food, fuel, ammunition and equipment to 11 carrier strike groups, seven amphibious ready groups, and 63 warships. His tireless efforts reinforced the primacy of CTF-53 and MSCCENT for logistics in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

CTF-53 and MSCCENT coordinates logistics requirements for U.S. and coalition military assets in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. This includes scheduling underway replenishments, tracking supply stores, expediting critical repair parts, coordinating ship repair, surveying the ocean bottom, and moving bulk cargo, fuel, and munitions. They oversee a contingent of Combat Logistics Force, Service Support, Special Mission Survey, and Strategic Sealift ships to achieve this mission.

U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, North Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea. The expanse comprises 20 countries and includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.

Navy Vice Adm. John W. Miller, commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, presided over the ceremony.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Capt. Edwin Kaiser, incoming commodore of Commander Task Force (CTF) 53, reads his orders before assuming command from Capt. Glen Leverette Jr. during the CTF 53 change of command ceremony on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

Capt. Edwin Kaiser, incoming commodore of Commander Task Force (CTF) 53, reads his orders before assuming command from Capt. Glen Leverette Jr. during the CTF 53 change of command ceremony on board Naval Support Activity Bahrain. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

 

 

 

 

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