United States Tenth Fleet

U.S. Tenth Fleet

Tenth Fleet emblem
Active May 1943 – June 1945
January 29, 2010 – present
Country United States of America
Type Fleet
Garrison/HQ Fort Meade, Maryland,U.S.
Vice Admiral Michael Gilday

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 Corps.[1]


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

Network operations & defense

Information operations

Research and development

Service cryptologic component operations

Fleet and theater operations

For a period from 2010 Tenth Fleet's task forces used the Task Force 100 - Task Force 109 designation series.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] Its first commander was Vice Admiral Bernard J. McCullough III.[6]

Fleet Commanders

Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet
# Picture Rank and Name Start End References
1 Vice Admiral
Bernard J. "Barry" McCullough, III
December 2009 1 October 2011
2 Vice Admiral
Michael S. Rogers
1 October 2011 March 3 2014
3 Vice Admiral
Jan E. Tighe
4 March 2014 14 July 2016 [7]
VADM Gilday
Vice Admiral

Michael Gilday

14 July Incumbent [8]

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. http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2010SET/Deets.pdf
  4. 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
  5. Navy Stands Up Fleet Cyber Command, Reestablishes U.S. 10th Fleet, NNS100129-24
  6. DOD News Release 827-09
  7. Cheryl K. Chumley (2014-04-04). "Vice Adm. Jan Tighe takes over as 'first female commander of a numbered fleet'". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  8. Petty, Dan. "Navy.mil Leadership Biographies". www.navy.mil. Retrieved 2016-11-16.

Further reading

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