Commander, Task Force 69 Changes Command

By Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy – In a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Capt. Marc A. Stern relieved Capt. Wesley R. Guinn as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 69, July 26.

The guest speaker, Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, reflected on Capt. Guinn’s many accomplishments during his tour, including his in-depth work on the undersea anti-submarine warfare program.

“Wes reinvigorated our undersea activities with traditional allies and he transformed our operations by working with new partners to ensure our nation remains confident in our ability to provide undersea security in a highly integrated globalized age,” said Vice Adm. Pandolfe.

Capt. Guinn, who is transferring to 5th Fleet, reflected on his time while serving as the commodore for CTF 69 from February 2012 to July 2013, and thanked his Sailors for the opportunity to lead them.

"I'm honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to lead such a fine team with a continuing tradition of success," said Capt. Guinn.

CTF 69’s new commander, arriving from Joint Staff’s Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate, J8, praised his Sailors for the work they do.

"I'm humbled to be following in Capt. Guinn's footsteps,” said Capt. Stern. “I could not have been more impressed in these last couple of weeks by your professionalism, your competence, and your energy. What you do, day in and day out, is incredibly important to our national security. It is truly my privilege and honor to serve with you."

CTF 69 is responsible for planning and coordinating area submarine and anti-submarine warfare operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.