As noted in the internal Sept. 10
establishment directive from Adm.
Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval
operations (CNO), the mission of
both expeditionary combat commands is to “organize, man, train,
equip, and sustain Navy expeditionary combat forces to execute
combat, combat support and combat
service support missions across the
spectrum of joint, combined and
multinational operations in near-coast, inshore and riverine environments, to include confronting irregular challenges and other shaping
missions that secure strategic access
and global freedom of action.”
Some subordinate expeditionary
commands also are dual-hatted
under the new arrangement. Commander, Naval Construction Force
Command, now is named Commander, Naval Construction Force
Command Atlantic (and also named
First Naval Construction Division).
First Naval Construction Division
Pacific now is named Commander,
Naval Construction Force Command Pacific. Like the expeditionary combat commands, a single
admiral is dual-hatted as commanders of both.
“These name changes reflect the
unity of the Naval Construction
Force that is led by a single flag
officer and mission requirements
that are distributed along traditional Atlantic and Pacific forces,” the
The dual-hat arrangement does
not extend to lower units. For example, Coastal Riverine Group One
and Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Group One, both based in San
Diego, and their subordinate units
are now units assigned to CNECCP.
capability and missions starting the
first day of active service. The Littoral
Combat Ship is no exception.
“The immediate focus of the LCS
Council will be the development
and implementation of an LCS Plan
of Action and Milestones,” Greenert
wrote, adding that the plan must be
implemented by Jan. 31.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm.
Jonathan W. Greenert has established
a council to coordinate administrative
control responsibilities for the Navy’s
Littoral Combat Ships. He’s shown
here during a June 27 press conference at the Pentagon to provide an
update on the status of Navy.
High-Level LCS Council
Organized by CNO
Greenert has set up a high-level
council to coordinate all administrative control responsibilities for
the Navy’s fleet of Littoral Combat
The LCS Council, ordered in an
Aug. 22 internal directive from
Greenert to Vice Adm. Richard W.
Hunt, director of the Navy Staff,
names Hunt as chairman of the
council, with members Vice Adm.
W. Mark Skinner, principal military
deputy to the assistant secretary of
the Navy for research, development
and acquisition; Vice Adm. Thomas
H. Copeman III, commander, Naval
Surface Forces; and Vice Adm.
Kevin M. McCoy, commander,
Naval Sea Systems Command. Hunt
is allowed to add members for specific matters as appropriate.
Greenert is implementing the
council as a response to several independent studies that assessed the
LCS “across several aspects of the
‘man, train, equip and maintain
domain,’” and as a way to “drive
action across the acquisition, requirements and Fleet enterprises of the
Navy,” he said in the memorandum.
“All Navy combat ships, even test
and evaluation platforms,” he wrote,
referring to the two LCS lead ships
USS Freedom and USS Independence,
“must be ready to meet assigned
The keel for the Coast Guard’s fourth
National Security Cutter (NSC),
Hamilton, was authenticated Sept. 5
by the ship’s sponsor, Linda Papp,
the wife of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr.
Hamilton is scheduled to be
delivered in the third quarter of
2014. A fifth NSC, Joshua James, is
4 percent complete and is expected
to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015.
Bertholf, the lead ship of the fleet,
spent several months in Alaska over
the summer during Operation Arctic
Shield 2012. Waesche, the second
NSC, finished a 161-day Asia-Pacific
patrol on Sept. 1, where the crew
participated in Cooperation Afloat
Readiness and Training Operations
with the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. The
third NSC, Stratton, was out of commission for several weeks over the
summer as the service was forced to
repair rust holes in its hull.
The service raised eyebrows
when it released its fiscal 2013
budget request in February without
including funding for the seventh
and eighth NSCs. The NSC program of record is for eight cutters —
they will replace the 1960s-era built
378-foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters — and service
officials have repeatedly said they
expect to build all eight. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess, Associate Editor John C.
Marcario and Special Correspondent
Otto Kreisher contributed to this report.