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United States Tenth Fleet

U.S. Tenth Fleet
Tenth Fleet emblem
Active May 1943 - June 1945
January 29, 2010 – current
Country United States of America
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Fort Meade, Maryland
Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe

The U.S. Tenth Fleet is a functional formation and a numbered fleet in the United States Navy. It was first created as an anti-submarine warfare coordinating organization during the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War. It has been reactivated as a force provider for Fleet Cyber Command. The mission of Tenth fleet is to serve as the Numbered Fleet for Fleet Cyber Command and exercise operational control of assigned Naval forces; to coordinate with other naval, coalition and Joint Task Forces to execute the full spectrum of cyber, electronic warfare, information operations and signal intelligence capabilities and missions across the cyber, electromagnetic and space domains. U.S. Tenth Fleet is an operational component of the U.S. Navy Information Dominance Corps.[1]


Tenth Fleet standing forces are organized into task forces and task groups.[2]

Network operations & defense

Information operations

Research and development

  • CTF 1090 - CO NCWDG

Service cryptologic component operations

Fleet and theater operations

  • CTF 1040 - CO NIOC Texas
    • CTG 1040.1 -NIOC Texas
  • CTF 1050 - CO NIOC Georgia
    • CTG 1050.1 - NIOC Georgia
    • CTG 1050.2 - NIOC Bahrain
  • CTF 1060 - CO NIOC Maryland
    • CTG 1060.1 - NIOC Maryland
    • CTG 1060.2 - FIOC UK
  • CTF 1070 - CO NIOC Hawaii
    • CTG 1070.1 - NIOC Hawaii
    • CTG 1070.2 - NIOC Yokosuka
    • CTG 1070.3 - NIOC Misawa
  • CTF 1080 - CO NIOC Colorado
    • CTG 1080.1 - NIOC Colorado


World War II

Tenth Fleet's mission included the destruction of enemy submarines, the protection of coastal merchant shipping, the centralization of control and routing of convoys, and the coordination and supervision of all USN anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training, anti-submarine intelligence, and coordination with the Allied nations. The fleet was active from May 1943 to June 1945.[3] Tenth Fleet used Commander-in-Chief Atlantic's ships operationally; CinCLANT issued operational orders to escort groups originating in the United States. The Fleet was also responsible for the organization and operational control of hunter-killer groups. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest King was the fleet's commander, with Rear Admiral (RADM) F.S. Low, King's assistant chief of staff for ASW, as fleet chief of staff, Admiral Low was later relieved by RADM Allan Rockwell McCann, who remained in command of 10th Fleet until it was deactivated. Tenth Fleet never put to sea, had no ships, and never had more than about 50 people in its organization. The fleet was disbanded after the surrender of Germany.

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command

Tenth Fleet was reactivated 29 January 2010 as U.S. Fleet Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.[4] Its first commander was Vice Admiral Bernard J. McCullough III.[5]

Fleet Commanders

  • Vice Admiral Bernard J. "Barry" McCullough, III (December 2009 - 1 October 2011)
  • Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers (1 October 2011 - March 2014)
  • Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe (4 March 2014 - ) [6]

See also


  1. ^ "USNA Navy Information Dominance Corps Overview" (PDF). U.S. Navy. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "TENTH Fleet Standing Forces" (PDF). US Navy. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Sean M. Maloney, 'To Secure Command of the Sea: NATO Command Organization and Naval Planning for the Cold War at Sea, 1945–54,' MA thesis, University of New Brunswick, 1991, p.58, 60, 61
  4. ^ Navy Stands Up Fleet Cyber Command, Reestablishes U.S. 10th Fleet, NNS100129-24
  5. ^ DOD News Release 827-09
  6. ^

External links

Further reading

  • Ladislas Farago, The Tenth Fleet: The True Story of the U.S. Navy's "Phantom" Fleet Battling U-Boats During World War II New York: I. Obolensky (1962) LCCN Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[". 62-Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".
  • David Kohnen, Commanders Winn and Knowles: Winning the U-boat War with Intelligence (Enigma Press, 1999).
  • David Kohnen, “Tombstone of Victory: Tracking the U-505 From German Commerce Raider to American War Memorial, 1944–1954” in The Journal of America’s Military Past (Winter, 2007).
  • David Kohnen, “F-21 and F-211: A Fresh Look into the Secret Room” in Randy C. Bolano and Craig L. Symonds, ed., New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Fourteenth Naval History Symposium (Naval Institute Press, 2001).
  • Montgomery Meigs, Slide Rules and Submarines: American Scientists and Subsurface Warfare in World War II (University Press of the Pacific, 2002)