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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.