Naval Power and Force Projection

Summer 2017

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In January 2006, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) established the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) to centrally manage Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces (NECF). Under the Navy Expeditionary Forces (NEF), NECF communities of Coastal and Riverine Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Diving and Salvage, Naval Construction, Combat Camera and Expeditionary Logistics forces provide core capabilities essential to the Fleet Commanders' operational requirements, and have existed in one form or another for much of the Navy's history. "In the broadest sense, NEF enable the naval commander to translate sea control into power projected ashore; first by enabling access and then by establishing the expeditionary infrastructure required by naval forces to conduct and sustain operations," said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, spokeswoman for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. "NECC forces contribute capability directly related to the Naval Force's ability to meet the mission," added Cragg. By forming NECC, the Navy brought many overlapping or similarly supported capabilities under one umbrella - capabilities that are unique in nature and if not formalized would otherwise have to be accomplished by pulling Sailors from the fleet in a temporary duty or ad hoc manner. "NECC delivers its core capabilities through rapidly deployable expeditionary forces made up of both active and reserve force components," said Cragg. "NECC continues to serve as a role model for Active Reserve Integration with approximately 50 percent of its force comprised of reservists." Lt. Benjamin Fernandez, center, company commander of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Company, conducts a cold water MCM neutralization dive. EODMU-8 is participating in Exercise Arctic Specialist 2017, a multi-national EOD exercise conducted in the austere environments of northern Norway. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Seth Wartak/Released) MANAGING MARITIME FORCE READINESS The U.S. Navy's Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) mission is to organize, man, train, equip, and sustain Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces (NECF) to execute combat, combat support, and combat services support missions across the full spectrum of naval, joint, combined, multi-national, and civil-military operations to enable freedom of action throughout the sea-to-shore and inland operating environments. By Christian Sheehy, NP&FP Managing Editor GLOBAL PROJECTION NAVY EXPEDITIONARY COMBAT COMMAND www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 14 | NP&FP and DoD P&E | Summer 2017

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