Story Number: NNS060113-16Release Date: 1/14/2006 3:44:00 AM
By Journalist Seaman Katrina Scampini, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP) took a step forward Jan. 13, 2006 as the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) was officially established in a ceremony conducted at their headquarters at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va.
NECC consolidates the current missions and functions of the 1st Naval Construction Division, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force and Maritime Force Protection Command. NECC will also serve as functional commander in control of manning, training, equipping and organizing forces that will execute ATFP, shore-based logistical support and construction missions across the joint operational spectrum.
Between 40,000 and 50,000 Sailors will join the command in phases over the next two years to ensure current operations are not disrupted.
The command will oversee units ranging from bomb-disposal crews, expeditionary logistics specialists, the naval coastal warfare groups and the master-at-arms forces. The NECC will also provide the 5,000 to 7,000 Sailors supporting the Army and Marine Corps in the Middle East with proper training for these non-traditional jobs.