HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) has a new leader. Capt. Paul Oosterling assumed command of the office Friday, in a ceremony at John C. Stennis Space Center.
"I am honored to be given this tremendous opportunity to lead one of the finest groups of people in the Department of Defense," Capt. Oosterling said. "I look forward to guiding NAVOCEANO through the challenging years ahead."
As a naval oceanographer, Capt. Oosterling has served in a variety of sea-going and shore-based positions throughout his 24-year career to include USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), USNS Harkness (T-AGS 32) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) where he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Capt.
Oosterling has served as the Deputy, Branch Head for Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems for Director, Submarine Warfare (CNO N77), staff oceanographer for Commander, Third Fleet and on the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy.
In 2007, Capt. Oosterling reported as the executive officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command, served as the first commanding officer of Naval Oceanographic Mine Warfare Center and as the director, Oceanographic Operations for Undersea Warfare.
Most recently he served as the chief of staff, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.
Capt. Oosterling relieved Capt. Brian Brown, who will transfer to Washington, to serve as Executive Assistant to the Oceanographer of the Navy.
During the ceremony, Capt. Brown reflected on his time at NAVOCEANO and said, "I'm proud of what this organization has accomplished during my tenure, proud of the capability this command provides to our warfighting partners, and thankful to have been part of this team. I have worked with the finest men and women in the Navy. It has been a remarkable journey that I will treasure for a lifetime."
NAVOCEANO is comprised of nearly 1,100 military, civilian and contractor personnel. The command has the responsibility for supplying oceanographic products and services to all elements of the Department of Defense.