USA: NECC Pacific Established

Effective Oct. 1, 2012, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet established NECC Pacific (NECC PAC) to provide administrative control for Navy expeditionary forces assigned to the Pacific theater.

The establishment of NECC PAC is a significant milestone. The standup formalizes a direct administrative relationship between NECC and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet – a linkage that hasn’t existed since NECC’s establishment in 2006.

Rear Adm. Michael P. Tillotson will serve as commander of both NECC and NECC PAC.

“In the past several years, the Navy has worked toward restoring effective command and control,” said Tillotson. “The establishment of NECC PAC is a significant and positive action that aligns Navy-wide command and control.”

The new command, located in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, will provide administrative control for more than 7,000 members of the Naval Construction Forces, more than 1,300 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators and support staff and 2,300 Coastal Riverines.

“NECC and NECC PAC staffs will synchronize their operations and work closely ‘to speak with one voice’ on issues confronting the force,” said Capt. Frank Hughlett, NECC PAC chief of staff.

The NECC PAC staff will be relatively small and manned by uniformed personnel and civilian employees. Hughlett will oversee day-to-day operations for the Hawaii-based staff.
NECC PAC will also assume operational control (OPCON) responsibilities as Commander Task Force (CTF) 11.

OPCON provides operational oversight for NECC Pacific forces not assigned to other operational commanders, specifically Naval Construction Forces Command Pacific, EOD Group 1 and Coastal Riverine Group 1.

NECC forces routinely support operations throughout the Pacific. EOD teams deploy to areas like Japan, the Republic of the Philippines and Guam. EOD are deployable forces for expeditionary and combat EOD operations that conduct detection and demolition of hazardous ordnance in support of Navy, joint and coalition forces.

Construction projects are ongoing in the Pacific and are carried out by Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalions. Many projects provide humanitarian and theater security cooperation. Exercise participation by NECC units in the Pacific region provides unique training opportunities that help build relationships and ensure the safety of sea lanes and security throughout the region.

NECC is an enduring force providing capability across the full range of military operations in the maritime strategy to include forward presence, maritime security and power projection, now and in the future.

Naval Today Staff,October 05, 2012