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Lt. Cmdr. Trisha Kelly, chief staff officer and executive officer of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 11 operates a 34-foot Sea Ark patrol boat during a navigation check ride exercise off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. The Maritime Expeditionary Security Force is a core Navy capability that provides port and harbor security, high value asset security, and maritime security in the coastal and inland waterways. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nelson Doromal Jr./Released)

Bridging the Gap between Sea and Shore

Celebrating 15 Years of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command through Pictures.

In an effort to inspire and connect Sailors with their rich history and heritage, we have partnered with the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) to commemorate their 15th Anniversary. Throughout the entirety of 2021, NHHC will support and celebrate NECC as they share stories in speeches, in social media and written materials, and in discussions with colleagues, Sailors and other partners.

NECC is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and sustaining the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF) to execute combat, combat support, and combat service support missions across the full spectrum of naval, joint, and combined operations which enable access from the sea and freedom of action throughout the sea-to-shore and inland operating environments

NECF Sailors support an integrated U.S. Naval force and reinforce blue-water lethality while serving as members of Maritime Expeditionary Security Force, the Naval Construction Force, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Diving and Salvage Units; and as part of expeditionary units that provide unique intelligence and logistics capabilities. NECF Sailors possess specialized skills that enable distributed maritime operations. The Force accomplishes this by maintaining open and secure logistics routes at sea and ashore, repairing critical infrastructure such as airfields and ports, and providing expeditionary base infrastructure in support of expeditionary medical facilities and other command and control nodes capable of enabling blue water lethality and dominating in the littorals.

Below we have created a photoblog that includes each component command of NECC and tailored photos to show their history and their heritage. Take a look at how NECC has changed over the past 15 years.

Petty Officer First Class Yancey Barnes, from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1, explains the capabilities of Navy Expeditionary Logistic Support Group, to Rear Adm. Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Chief of Staff of the Royal Norwegian Navy, during a visit at Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) on March 16. Bruun-Hanssen and his staff visited NECC to meet with Sailors from the expeditionary community to see how NECC Sailors operate in support of the overall Navy mission. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul D. Williams

Naval Construction Force (Seabees)

The United States Naval Construction Force – better known as the “Seabees” – is the Navy’s workhorse when it comes to building.
Throughout Naval history, Seabees have done more than just build – they were among the first to go ashore during the D-Day landings.
“Can do!”

Seabees stand at attention during a dedication ceremony at Camp Endicott in Davisville, RI, in 1942. Creator/Photographer: Bureau of Yards and Docks
Seabee recruits after being issued gear at Camp Peary in 1943. The construction battalion, a fundamental unit of the Seabee organization, is comprised four companies that included the necessary construction skills for doing any job, plus a headquarters company consisting of medical and dental professionals and technicians, administrative personnel, storekeepers, cooks, and similar specialists. The complement of a standard battalion originally was set at 32 officers and 1,073 men, but from time to time the complement varied in number. Creator/Photographer: Bureau of Yards and Docks
Seabees in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center

Formerly known as Navy Mobilization Processing Site,  the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) helps IA (Individual Augmentee) Sailors to ensure they are properly trained, equipped, and prepared before a deployment.

Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) sailors relax after participating in the Great American Mud Run. ECRC directly assists Individual Augmentee (IA) sailors by ensuring they are properly equipped and trained to deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James C. Brown/Released)
Rear Adm. Frank Morneau looks on as Capt. Dan Starling of Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) transitions command to Capt. Joseph Rehak during ECRC’s change of command and retirement ceremony. Starling retires following 34 years of service. ECRC directly assists Individual Augmentee (IA) Sailors by ensuring they are properly equipped and trained to deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist James C. Brown/Released

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams were born following the lack of formally trained bomb or mine disposal squadrons during WWI. In 1947, following the initial combination of the Navy’s mine and bomb schools, the Bureau of Naval Weapons designated the first naval unit for “research, development, test, and evaluation of EOD equipment.” EOD’s presence in the Navy has grown drastically, beginning with Unit ONE located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to support operations in the Pacific and Unit TWO at Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina to support operations in the Atlantic. Today, the EOD community comprises nearly 3,000 officers and enlisted who provide support to naval special warfare as “the world’s premier force for maritime mine countermeasures, counter-improvised explosive devices, weapons of mass destruction, and all other types of weaponry.”

Operation Fishnet, Korea, 1952 U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team Frogmen working on the Korean coast during Operation Fishnet. Their mission was the destruction of North Korean fishing nets in an effort to reduce Communist forces’ food supplies. Photograph is dated 16 September 1952. Note green swim fins and diving masks. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Divers are brought to the 150-foot level where they have made requalification dives from the fantail of USS Grapple (ARS 7). Ship was off Lanai, Hawaii.
Boilerman First Class Paul C. MC. Craw, (left) and Mine man Third Class Ralph E. Loux, examine a Viet Cong Claymore type mine which was disarmed by a member of the six-man bomb squad assigned to the U.S. Naval support activity, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. The cutaway exposes the mine’s missiles formed of iron construction rods shaped into a coil and notched to break into deadly pellets. When the charge explodes, the squad works with the anti-terrorist alert force operated by the Navy in Saigon.
Navy frogmen (underwater demolition experts) usually the first to appear on invasion beaches, put on a “dry run” for midshipmen during their 1967 summer training with the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Force.
A diver from Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) Two, Amphibious Force, US Atlantic Fleet.
EOD Senior Chief Petty Officer John Hatcher, left, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 instructs Lt. David Starkey, right, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Clearance Diver with the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy in basic rappelling during a joint training involving sailors from the United States and the United Kingdom. EODMU 1 is deployed as part of Combined Task Group 56.1, in order to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Navy photo/Petty Officer 1st Class Michael O’Day)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Jeremiah Foxwell, from Tallahassee, Fla., enters a cave during a training scenario. Foxwell is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2, Detachment 14, currently training at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2. This training is essential in preparing Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Sailors for their work in the field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Elizabeth Holm)
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey, of Lavallette, NJ, prepares to dive off the coast of Fire Island, New York for Expeditionary Combat Camera’s (ECC) final documentation mission supporting Naval History and Heritage Command’s ceremony commemorating the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the World War I cruiser USS San Diego (ACR 6). The Navy’s combat camera units will officially disestablish on Sept. 30, 2018 ending 67 years of service to the Navy and Department of Defense. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Williams).
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Simmons and Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight, assigned to Expeditionary Combat Camera, conduct underwater photography training off the coast of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 7. Expeditionary Combat Camera’s divers conduct annual training to maintain their diving proficiency, ensuring they are ready to support DoD missions worldwide. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey)

Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command

Established in 2007, Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) provides the Navy cross-trained intelligence and cryptologic professionals with the mission to collect and fuses the disciplines of human intelligence, signals intelligence, and intelligence analysis to answer priority intelligence requirements for the fleet. NEIC capabilities give expeditionary, maritime, joint and combined forces timely, relevant and actionable intelligence to deny the enemy sanctuary, freedom of movement, and use of waterborne lines of communication while enabling friendly forces to find, fix, and destroy the enemy within the operational environment.

The official party, background, salutes during the national anthem at the Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) change of command ceremony held at Naval Air Station Oceana. NEIC is a part of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and provides a highly trained and fully-deployable cadre of Sailors to Fleet commanders with aims at providing greater insight into operational domains, build partnerships, enhance maritime security operations and drive operational success in all phases of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Karen E. Rybarczyk)
Navy Ceremonial Guard members present Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command’s (NEIC) Commanding Officer, Cdr. Danielle Lukich, the national ensign during the command’s 10- year anniversary commemoration. NEIC is the Navy’s only unit of deployable, cross-trained intelligence and cryptologic professionals with the mission to answer priority intelligence requirements for the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Specialist James Prendergast/Released)

Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group

The Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) is responsible for providing the Navy with expeditionary cargo handling services for surface, air, and terminal operations; fuel distribution, postal services, customs inspections, and ordnance handling/reporting in support of worldwide Naval, Joint, interagency, and combined forces/organization.

Sailors post the colors as part of the change of command ceremony between Capt. James Sills, incoming commander and Capt. Marcus McCance, outgoing commander, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 10. NAVELSG FORWARD JULIET rotation assumed the mission of conducting customs inspections in support of U.S. military operations throughout the Middle East to include Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan from the INDIA rotation.
Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward, Mike and Lima Rotation sailors, observe the Change of Command Ceremony. NAVELSG FWD is a forward deployed Navy unit conducting customs duties in support of the Department of the Army. (U.S. Navy photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Wondra)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Veronica Suarez, of NAVELSG FWD’s Public Affairs department from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, photographs the arriving vehicles as they cross the border from Iraq into Kuwait at the Khabari Crossing during the last hours of Operation New Dawn. In a fitting end to Operation New Dawn, taking place in the morning hours of Dec. 18, 2011, the final crossing of U.S. forces from Iraq took place just after dawn and provided a visible end to one of the longest chapters in U.S. military history. During the 8 years and 9 months spent in Iraq, more than one million U.S. service members took part in myriad missions across Iraq.
Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB 1) Personnel Specialist Seaman George Adam (left) and Seaman Sean Lannon conduct an one-man shelter setup drill as part of a field exercise being held at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Cheatham Annex. NCHB 1 is the only active duty, rapid deployable unit of Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG). NAVELSG provides expeditionary logistics capability for the Navy and joint service customers. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Edward Kessler/Released)

Maritime Expeditionary Security Force

Formerly known as Coastal Riverine Force, the MESF trains and deploys sailors specializing in riverine ops, littoral missions and port security, high-value asset security, and maritime security operations in the coastal and inland waterways. The MESF consists of two groups; one in San Diego and one in Virginia Beach as well as deployed units around the globe, including two expeditionary security detachments in Guam and Bahrain.

The U.S. Navy Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship USS TUTUILA (ARG-4) rests at anchor next to a floating dry dock in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Vietnam. The two repair craft service U.S. Navy Fast Coastal Patrol Craft (PSFs) of Coastal Division 11 are stationed at An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island, November 1967.
A PBR (patrol boat, river) on My Tho River, South Vietnam, June 1969 (K-74761).
Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Howell (left) and Petty Officer 2nd Class Sheldon Oga, both from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3, look for a place to insert a ground patrol while aboard a Riverine Assault Boat during a Final Exam Problem exercise, Feb. 2. RIVRON 3 participated in a two-week field exercise that tested sailors in a variety of scenarios and qualified the squadron for deployment.
Riverine sailors celebrated Navy Riverine Force’s fifth birthday with a 5k run on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story May 25. The Riverines were reactivated in 2006 to provide river patrol, interdiction and tactical troop movement on inland waterways. The Riverine Force is responsible for providing an offensive combat component to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Navy brown water operating areas.
Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 8 are outfitted for gas masks at Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) prior to deployment. ECRC provides processing, equipping, training, certification and proactive family support to Reserve and ADSW Sailors, Individual Augmentees and provisional units throughout all deployment phases in support of combatant commanders’ requirements, contingency operations, or national crises. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James C. Brown/Released)

Mobile Diving and Salvage

Mobile Diving and Salvage Units are the U.S. Navy’s premier diving and salvage force. They provide combat-ready, expeditionary warfare capable, rapidly deployable specialized dive teams to conduct harbor and waterway clearance, underwater search and recovery, underwater repairs, and salvage operations in all environments. This asset to the Navy permits the ability to gain or maintain physical access to ports and begin the process of returning vessels damaged or stranded back to sea.

U.S. Navy Salvage unit at work clearing wreckage from Naples Harbor, 22 October 1943. Diver, CM1c Peter LeHoullier, is preparing to go under water. In the right foreground is the radio used to communicate with divers. Men are involved in raising a sunken oil barge.
Command Master Chief Joshua Jackson, USS San Diego (LPD 22), (left) and Retired Rear Admiral Samuel Cox, Director, Naval History and Heritage Command, pass a wreath to Navy Divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 during a wreath-laying ceremony aboard USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the USS San Diego (ACR 6). Believed to be caused by a German mine or torpedo, the armored cruiser sank in 28 minutes with the loss of six lives. The ceremony was organized by the Naval History and Heritage Command, which is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. Naval history and heritage.
Sailors from the amphibious transport ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Navy Divers, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 (EODMU3), Mobile Dive and Salvage Company 11-7, participate in the second underway recovery test (URT-2) for the NASA Orion Program. URT-2 is the second at-sea testing for the Orion crew module using a welldeck recovery method. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corey Green/Released)
Navy Diver 3rd Class Kevin Kollar, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU/2), enters the Savannah River to conduct salvage operations on SCC Georgia. Navy divers assigned to MDSU/2 and explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to Mobile Unit 6 are working in conjunction with archeologists, conservationists, Naval History and Heritage Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a project directed by Naval Sea Systems Command Supervisor of Salvage and Diving to salvage and preserve CSS Georgia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight/Released)

Expeditionary Warfare Development

Navy Expeditionary Warfighting Development Center (NEXWDC) is designed to support expeditionary warriors from missions of major combat operations to Defense Support to Civil Authorities. NEXWDC helps increase lethality and tactical proficiency while managing expeditionary tactics and techniques to support cross-domain, high-end warfighting.