The Navy stood up its newest tenant command, Tactical Operations Control Squadron, or TOCRON) 10 for short, at Naval Air Station Whidbey last Friday.
Dubbed Kraken, the eight units that comprise the tactical operations control squadron were directly assigned under Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10, or CPRW 10, during the establishment transition.
TOCRON 10 is now its own command overseeing tactical operations centers at NAS Whidbey and Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, as well as six Mobile Tactical Operations Centers.
TOCRON 10 will continue to support P-8 and P-3 squadrons with real-time command, control, communications, intelligence and analysis information for maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions, according to a Navy press release. The Kraken will also support other homeland defense operations in the Pacific.
When CPRW-10 squadrons deploy abroad, they will be accompanied by a TOCRON 10 MTOC detachment. MTOCs are also capable of worldwide expeditionary deployments to remote locations on short notice.
Cmdr. Eliot Weston is TOCRON 10’s first commanding officer. Weston’s last assignment was at Commander Task Force 57 as the chief of operations. Cmdr. Kevin Kennedy, will serve as the unit’s executive officer.