U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East Holds Change of Command

Story by Lt. Cmdr. Calvin B. Gates, NCTSFE Yokosuka, Japan

151020-N-XN177-017 YOKOSUKA, Japan (October 20, 2015) – Capt. Katherine Mayer passes through the ceremonial side boys during the change of command ceremony held Oct. 20, 2015 for U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Far East onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Capt. Mayer was relieved by Capt. Matthew Welsh as NCTS Far East’s Commanding Officer at the Fleet Theater. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

151020-N-XN177-017 YOKOSUKA, Japan (October 20, 2015) – Capt. Katherine Mayer passes through the ceremonial side boys during the change of command ceremony held Oct. 20, 2015 for U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Far East onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Capt. Mayer was relieved by Capt. Matthew Welsh as NCTS Far East’s Commanding Officer at the Fleet Theater. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

(YOKOSUKA, JAPAN) – U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East (NCTSFE) welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Fleet Theater, Oct. 20.

Rear Adm. Gene F. Price, Deputy Commander for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet presided over the ceremony where Capt. Matthew H. Welsh relieved Capt. Katherine A. Mayer as commanding officer of NCTSFE.

“This has been the most professionally and personally rewarding tour of my 28 year naval career,” said Mayer during the ceremony.  “I attribute that the impressively professional workforce that comprises NCTS Far East, the strong friendships that I have built here and the fascinating culture and friendly people of this beautiful country of Japan.”

Mayer’s next assignment will be as Director for Afloat and Ashore Modernization and Integration at Navy Information Dominance Forces located in Suffolk, Va.

Welsh becomes the 33rd commanding officer of NCTSFE, following a tour as Information Operations Warfare Commander for Carrier Strike Group 10 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

“To the men and women, military and civilian, American and Japanese, government and contractor of NCTS Far East and its detachments,” said Welsh. “It is my distinct professional and personal honor and privilege to serve as your commanding officer.  From the latest cyber issues to very old physical infrastructure, new capabilities for unit relocation, and an unforgiving fiscal environment, we will continue to rise to every challenge.  Our efforts directly support sustained improvements in network security and command and control capability for our war fighting partners afloat and ashore.”

151020-N-XN177-119 YOKOSUKA, Japan (October 20, 2015) – Capt. Matthew Welsh (right) officially relieves Capt. Katherine Mayer during the change of command ceremony held Oct. 20, 2015 for U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Far East onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Capt. Welsh relieved Capt. Katherine Mayer as NCTS Far East’s Commanding Officer at the Fleet Theater. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

151020-N-XN177-119 YOKOSUKA, Japan (October 20, 2015) – Capt. Matthew Welsh (right) officially relieves Capt. Katherine Mayer during the change of command ceremony held Oct. 20, 2015 for U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Far East onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka. Capt. Welsh relieved Capt. Katherine Mayer as NCTS Far East’s Commanding Officer at the Fleet Theater. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 83 tenant commands, and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter Burghart/Released)

NCTSFE provides reliable, available and secure communications and information technology services critical to naval success in the Far East region, which encompasses nine locations and four time zones.  NCTSFE supports 10 Flag Officer commands and 11 other major commands throughout the Far East region.

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