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CTF 63 Changes Command

April 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 63 welcomed a new commodore during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, on April 13, 2017.


Capt. Heidi Agle was relieved by Capt. Eric Conzen, while Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, presided over the ceremony.


“Logistics is the key enabler.  Delivering sea control and power projection hinges upon having the right logistics in place.  Heidi has excelled at this mission in Europe and Africa since she took command in august 2015.”

Vice Adm. Christopher Grady
Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet


“From [Conzen’s] past experiences in Italy and recent time in U.S. 5th Fleet, you fully understand the vital mission of Task Force 63 and the Military Sea Lift Command. I am confident that you, and the strong, diverse team you lead, will continue to deliver sea control and power projection in the sixth fleet area of operations. “

Vice Adm. Christopher Grady
Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet


“The men and women of the CTF 63/MSC team have truly amazed me over the month I have observed operations in preparation to take Command.  From running an exercise in Cote D’Ivoire to replenishing ships flung all across the hemisphere … the experts in the office at the back of the ground floor keep the parts moving and the fuel flowing.  Everywhere I go people tell me what a great job they do.  Following Captain Agle is a daunting prospect but I will endeavor to continue providing the sound leadership to keep our ship on an even keel. “

Capt. Eric Conzen
Commander, Task Force 63 

Quick Facts: 
CTF 63 is headquartered in Naples, Italy, and is composed of oilers, provision ships, and repair ships. Its mission is the delivery of supplies at sea, and effecting repairs to other ships and equipment of the Fleet.
CTF 63 and Military Sealift Command’s Sealift Logistics Command are two separately named formations that actually operate as a unified one with one staff. CTF 63 is the operational commander of all the U.S. 6th Fleet air and sea logistics.
CTF-63 is the immediate operational commander of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron One based in the Mediterranean Sea.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.


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