Commander Naval Forces Korea

Commander Naval Forces Korea
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea
Official CNFK Command Crest 2010.jpg
CNFK Command Seal
Active 1957–Present
Country United States of America
Branch United States Navy
Type Shore Installation
Part of U.S. 7th Fleet/United Nations Command
Nickname CNFK
Rear Admiral William C. McQuilkin

Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is a major shore command of the United States Navy that serves as the shore support agency for all U.S. Naval activity in South Korea. Known by the initials "CNFK", Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is headquartered in Seoul on Yongsan Army Garrison and operates port bases in Chinhae and Pusan.

CNFK is jointly under the command of the U.S. 7th Fleet and the United Nations Command. CNFK is headed by a Rear Admiral (lower half) who serves as the Navy Liaison to the Commander of the U.S. Eighth Army. In times of war, CNFK becomes a ground based task force of the Pacific Fleet.


Commander, Naval Forces, Korea, was established on July 1, 1957, with headquarters in Seoul. The command was created by the reorganization of the Naval Forces, Far East Command into the separate commands of Naval Forces, Japan and Naval Forces Korea. Commander, Naval Forces Korea, assumed the following additional duties:

•Commander, Naval Component Command, United Nations Command

•Chief, U.S. Naval Advisory Group, Korea, and Navy Advisor to the Republic of Korea

•Commander, Naval Component Command, U.S. Forces Korea

•On-Call Member, United Nations Military Armistice Commission

The principal mission of CNFK was support of the United Nations Command. In this regard, the commander exercised command of U.S. Naval Forces assigned or attached, and operational control over the Republic of Korea Navy.

CNFK Commanders

    • Rear Adm. Albert E. Jarrell   (July 1957 – June 1958)
    • Rear Adm. Eugene B. McKinney (June 1958 – June 1959)
    • Capt. Thomas W. Hogan (June 1959 – September 1959)
    • Rear Adm. John A. Tyree, Jr. (September 1959 – August 1960)
    • Rear Adm. George W. Pressey (August 1960 – September 1962)
    • Rear Adm. John M. Alford (September 1962 – March 1964)
    • Rear Adm. Joseph W. Williams, Jr. (March 1964 – July 1964)
    • Rear Adm. Woodrow W. McCrory (July 1964 – October 1966)
    • Rear Adm. Donal G. Irvine (October 1966 – July 1968)
    • Rear Adm. George P. Steele (July 1968 – September 1970)
    • Rear Adm. Victor A. Dybdal (September 1970 – June 1972)
    • Rear Adm. Henry S. Morgan, Jr. (June 1972 – April 1975)
    • Rear Adm. Mark P. Frudden (April 1975 – May 1977)
    • Rear Adm. Warren C. Hamm (May 1977 – July 1979)
    • Rear Adm. Stephen J. Hostettler (July 1979 – July 1981)
    • Rear Adm. James G. Storms (July 1981 – July 1983)
    • Rear Adm. Warren F. Kelley (July 1983 – April 1984)
    • Rear Adm. Charles F. Horne III (April 1984 – October 1986)
    • Rear Adm. William T. Pendley (October 1986 – February 1989)
    • Rear Adm. Larry G. Vogt (February 1989 – January 1991)
    • Rear Adm. William W. Mathis (January 1991 – August 1993)
    • Rear Adm. Edison L. Watkins III (August 1993 – July 1995)
    • Rear Adm. Richard W. Mayo (July 1995 – December 1997)
    • Rear Adm. Christopher W. Cole (December 1997 – October 1999)
    • Rear Adm. William D. Sullivan (October 1999 – September 2001)
    • Rear Adm. Gary R. Jones (September 2001 – August 2003)
    • Rear Adm. Daniel S. Mastagni (July 2003 – September 2003)
    • Rear Adm. Fred Byus (September 2003 – September 2005)
    • Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup (September 2005 – September 2007)
    • Rear Adm. Thomas S. Rowden (September 2007 – September 2009)
    • Rear Adm. Peter A. Gumataotao (September 2009 – September 2011)
    • Rear Adm. William C. McQuilkin (September 2011 – Present)

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