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Rear Admiral Lisa Franchetti relieved Rear Admiral
William McQuilkin as Commander, U.S. Naval
Forces Korea, on September 10, during a change
of command ceremony held at U.S. Army Garrison,
The ceremony was hosted by Gen. James
Thurman, the commander of the United Nations
Command, Combined Forces Command, and United
States Forces Korea. Adm. Cecil Haney, commander
of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Adm. Robert L.
Thomas, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet; and
various leaders and dignitaries from the Republic of
Korea were also present for the ceremony.
During his remarks, McQuilkin spoke about the
close partnership and alliance between the Republic
of Korea and the United States navies. He also
thanked the Korean people for their hospitality and
their support for U.S. Sailors stationed on the Korean
"It's been an honor and privilege to serve and live
side-by-side with the people of the Republic of Korea
as we continue the 60-year plus alliance between our
two nations," said McQuilkin. "The relationships we
have made with the Korean people have enriched my
life both personally and professionally."
After the official announcement of orders and
assumption of command, Franchetti thanked both
distinguished guests and members of her staff for the
warm welcome to her new post.
"I am honored to be the new Commander of U.S.
Naval Forces in Korea," Franchetti said. "Our mission
here is vitally important to both the United States and
the Republic of Korea and I look forward to serving as
part of this enduing alliance."
McQuilkin, who served as the commander of U.S.
Naval Forces in Korea since September 2011, is
slated to be the Director of the U.S. Navy's Strategy
and Policy Division, N51, at the Office of the Chief of
Naval Operations, in Washington D.C. Franchetti was
the Navy Military Assistant for the Secretary of the
Navy in Washington D.C. before assuming the duties
as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea. Ù
The US Air Force has announced that after a 20-year
wait, the B-2 Spirit will receive a significant new
The first increment of the Common Very Low
Frequency Receiver, or CVR, program was designed
to be a successor to the very low frequency
communication system originally slated to be
included with the B-2's communication package. The
original system was deferred in 1992 because of
"CVR Increment 1 will provide the B-2 aircrew
another, more reliable means to receive presidential
force direction via emergency action messages," said
Gary Doolittle, Air Force Global Strike Command B-2
Currently, the B-2 uses an ultra-high frequency
communications system to fill that role. However,
the Military Strategic Tactical and Relay, MILSTAR,
satellites that facilitate that form of communication
are approaching the end of their operational life,
The upgraded communication system would
allow the B-2 to receive Very Low Frequency signals
bounced off of lower levels of the atmosphere,
bypassing the satellite relay. This would ensure the
B-2 remains a viable nuclear platform until such time
as a replacement for current satellite communications
can be deployed.
The CVR Increment 1 program reached its
milestone B on July 23, which authorized the
program to enter the Engineering and Manufacturing
Development Phase and award Engineering
Manufacturing Development contracts. During
this phase, the program will develop the VLF
communications system, complete full system
integration and test on the B-2, develop an affordable
and executable manufacturing process, and ensure
operational supportability, Doolittle said.
Though CVR Increment 1 is designed purely for
use on the B-2 Spirit, a proposed second increment
would expand the system into other platforms such
as the B-52 Stratofortress and the E-4B Advanced
Airborne Command Post, Doolittle said.
"Increment 2 would provide a broader set
of longer-term capability upgrades across the
entire airborne nuclear command, control, and
communications fleet," he said, adding that Increment
2 requirements and acquisition strategies are
currently in development.
With CVR Increment 1 now reaching milestone B,
the program is on-track to begin fielding in 2017.
The capabilities it brings will help ensure the B-2 will
continue to be a premier weapon system far into the
foreseeable future. Ù
Rear Adm. William McQuilkin, left, Republic of Korea Chief
of Naval Operations Adm. Choi, Yoon-Hee and Rear Adm.
Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea.
Credit: U.S. Navy / Joshua Bryce Bruns
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Credit: USAF / Maurice A. Hodges
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