New NATO command may be based in Norfolk

The US Department of Defense has officially offered to host the proposed NATO Joint Force Command for the Atlantic at its naval facilities in Norfolk, Virginia.

Naval Station Norfolk; Photo: US Navy

The new JFC-Norfolk will ensure that NATO can successfully conduct operations across the full spectrum of Alliance missions in the trans-Atlantic region in the northern Atlantic, the US DoD said.

As explained, the future Atlantic-oriented JFC represents part of the ongoing NATO effort to adapt its command structure to ensure that the Alliance can meet the challenges in today’s security environment.

Its aim is to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture, and NATO’s ability to project stability beyond its borders.

The North Atlantic Council is expected to make a final determination on the location of the new JFC this summer.