By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 64 welcomed a new commodore during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, March 15, 2021. Capt. Joseph D. Femino was relieved by Capt. Jonathan D. Lipps.
During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet addressed participants, guests, and those watching the ceremony virtually.
“Commodore Femino and the CTF 64 team ensure that millions of Europeans sleep easy, benefitting from the U.S. Navy standing the watch,” said Black. “Welcome aboard to Capt. Jonathan Lipps, and welcome back to the Sixth Fleet team.”
Femino highlighted and thanked multiple members of his team, emphasizing the adapted workflow during COVID-19 restrictions.
“The team drives mission execution every day,” said Femino. “I want everyone in attendance to know how proud I am of my team.”
Femino said that Rear Adm. Black knew Capt. Lipps would make a great fit for leading a major command with his extensive background in multi-domain missile defense capabilities and his ability to develop a joint force.
Femino encouraged Lipps and shared some of his experiences as a CTF 64 commodore.
“Our role is different than many other major commander, you are incredibly well-suited to take the reins and run with them,” said Femino, “I know when I jump on a plane and head out of Italy that our Sailors, Task Force, and missions will be exceptionally well served with you in seat,”.
CTF 64's mission is to execute operational and tactical integrated air and missile defense (IAMD), including mission planning, execution, and operational and tactical control of assigned units for commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.
CTF 64 also provides direct support for Aegis ballistic missile defense planning to commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe and commander, Allied Air Command.
U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.