Joint Typhoon Warning Center rededicates new operation floor and mission

Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Alyssa Roth assists Rear Adm. Jonathan White, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss., as they untie the Hawaiian maile lei during the rededication ceremony of the newly renovated Joint Typhoon Warning Center operations floor on Oct. 21. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Shawn Gentile

MC2 (SW) Mark Logico

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

The newly renovated Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) operations floor held a rededication ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oct. 21.

The ceremony was held with the untying of the traditional Hawaiian maile lei to commemorate the new command space and mission. The ceremony came along with the unveiling of the official name change from “Naval Maritime Forecast Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center” to simply “Joint Typhoon Warning Center.”

“This event gives us the opportunity to recognize the long tradition and criticality of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center mission and the Air Force and Navy personnel-uniformed and civilian-that make it happen,” said Capt. Michael D. Angove, JTWC commanding officer.

More than 50 guests attended the ceremony.

Also attending the ceremony were Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, deputy director for operations, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM); Dr. Fred P. Lewis, director of weather, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.; and Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White, Commander Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center, Miss.

“What you do here at Joint Typhoon Warning Center provides operators with the home field advantage at away games,” White said.

The mission of JTWC is to provide tropical cyclone forecast, warning, reconnaissance and decision support to the United States government agencies operating in the Pacific and Indian Oceans as directed by PACOM.

In December 1944, Typhoon Cobra encountered Adm. Halsey’s Task Force 38, claiming 790 Sailors, 150 aircraft and three destroyers and gravely damaging nine other warships. In light of the incident, Commander U.S. PACOM established JTWC under Fleet Weather Central at Guam in May 1959.

In 1995, JTWC was relocated to Hawaii and became the Naval Maritime Forecast Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center (NMFC/JTWC). NMFC’s mission was later moved to the Fleet Weather Center in San Diego in July 2011.

In October 2011, JTWC became a standalone command for the first time.

“Today that mission remains just as important as we continually strive to improve forecast accuracy so that the fleet can safely execute the current generation mission in what remains a typhoon infested battle space,” Angove said.

“The establishment of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as a stand-alone command for the first time in its 52-year history is a testament to the renewed commitment from both the Navy and Air Force to delivering world-class tropical cyclone forecasting capability to Department of Defense.”

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