CFAS holds Change of Command
SASEBO, Japan – Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo (CFAS), conducted a change of command ceremony July 11.
Capt. Matthew Ovios relieved Capt. Charles Rock as commanding officer of CFAS.
“To the Sailors and civilians both American and Japanese alike – you are amazing,” said Rock. “Mere words could not convey the profound gratitude and respect I have for all that you’ve done in support of me, Team Sasebo, the Fleet, the Sailors and their families.”
Rear Admiral Terry Kraft, Commander, Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ), and the guest speaker for the ceremony presented Rock with a Meritorious Service Medal for his service as commanding officer of CFAS.
“During the past three years you’ve provided operational and logistic support to units throughout the Western Pacific.” said Kraft. “Your team maintained and protected a third of PACFLT’s ordnance and half of its fuel reserves.”
During Rocks time as commanding officer CFAS completed numerous hull swaps which directly contributed to the “Pivot to the Pacific” movement.
“You’ve heard of the Rebalance to the Pacific; Sasebo is the center of it,” said Kraft. “The capabilities of the entire Pacific Fleet and PACOM have significantly increased due to the efforts here.”
Ovios, who may have only been in town for a little over a week, had nothing but good things to say to his new command.
“To the Sailors, and staff of Fleet Activities Sasebo, I am grateful for the opportunity to lead you and I’d like to thank you for all that you do,” said Ovios. “My expectation is that you will continue to professionally execute this vital mission which ensures the security of the United States and the country of Japan.
Sasebo has been the center of naval power since 1883, when Admiral Togo nominated the small fishing village to be the new home of the Imperial Fleet.