The process by which the Navy’s
nine MOCs are certified as nodes
in the network — accreditation —
began last year. The MOCs at U.S.
Pacific Fleet headquarters in
Hawaii and U.S. Seventh Fleet,
based in Japan aboard the flagship
USS Blue Ridge, received preliminary accreditation last June, when
initial operating capability (IOC)
of the MOC was declared.
“The definition agreed upon for
IOC was [for] at least two of those
nodes to demonstrate their ability
to actually [perform] according to
the concept and show global networking,” Snyder said.
Since then, the MOCs at U.S. Second Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain and
U.S. Sixth Fleet in Capodichino,
Italy, also have received preliminary
accreditation. An MOC facility also
is being installed for the Sixth Fleet
on the flagship USS Mount Whitney.
This year, preliminary accreditation will proceed for the remaining
four MOCs at the headquarters of the U.S. Fleet Forces
Command, Norfolk; U.S. Third Fleet, San Diego; U.S.
Fourth Fleet, Mayport, Fla.; and Naval Network Warfare
The accreditation process is conducted by a team
assembled by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Because the
process was new and untested in early 2008, two levels of accreditation were established, with the first,
lower level being preliminary accreditation. Over time,
after operational experience and with the intent of
evolving the process, full accreditation will be defined.
“We don’t know exactly what that’s going to look like,
but we’re going to take all of the lessons learned from
the nine preliminary accreditations, [adjust] it somewhat and then go forward with the full accreditation
process,” said Snyder, who expects that reaccreditation
will be a regular event approximately every two years.
The accreditation concept is modeled after the Joint
Task Force (JTF) certification process governed by U.S.
Joint Forces Command on behalf of regional combatant
commanders. Second Fleet, for example, is a certified
JTF headquarters, qualified to command joint forces, if
needed, for U.S. Southern Command. A JTF headquarters is required to be trained, manned and equipped to
execute a specific mission-essential task list.
Similarly, MOCs become accredited by U.S. Fleet
Forces Command on behalf of the chief of naval oper-
Cmdr. Patti Enright, U.S. Second Fleet, confers with Personnel Exchange Program
officers Cmdr. Andy Elvin and Cmdr. Michael C. Doherty from the U.K. Royal Navy
and Royal Australian Navy, respectively, during the first event in the Trident Warrior
’09 operational-level command-and-control experiment. The event was held Feb. 2-
5 at the Navy’s Maritime Operations Center-Experimentation facility at Naval
Station Norfolk, Va., one of two developmental centers the service operates.
ations when they can demonstrate the ability to perform a specified set of core tasks.
Full operational capability “is when we have all of
our MOCs executing at a much higher level with global networking,” Snyder said.
Five of the six numbered fleet MOCs are considered
“full” MOCs with a high degree of standardization.
The other four centers are considered “tailored” MOCs
because most function at a different command level
and feature some different functions.
“No individual, tailored MOC is like any other tailored MOC,” Snyder said.
The recently established Fourth Fleet, assigned as the
naval component commander for U.S. Southern Command, began on March 2 to implement its tailored MOC.
The fleet is commanded by a rear admiral, while his counterparts in the other numbered fleets are vice admirals.
The Navy has not yet decided to upgrade the Fourth
Fleet MOC to full MOC status equal to those of the
other numbered fleets.
“We don’t know exactly what the way ahead is,”
Snyder said. “They are certainly growing in their capability. They had already had some designs on investments in terms of growth and people and technology
and material solutions. Right now, they’re not funded
to grow to the same level that the other numbered
SEAPOWER / MAY 2009