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Navy Expeditionary Combat Command
Active 2006 - present
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Navy Seal United States Navy
Size 40,000
Garrison/HQ NAB Little Creek
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Rear Admiral Carol M. Pottenger

The U.S. Navy established the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) in January 2006 to serve as a single functional command to centrally manage current and future readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of the Navy’s 40,000 expeditionary forces who are currently serving in every theater of operation[1].



NECC aligns disparate expeditionary capabilities to clearly articulate consistent and coordinated expeditionary practices, procedures and requirements in the joint battlespace. NECC integrates all warfighting requirements for expeditionary combat and combat support elements, consolidating and realigning the Navy’s expeditionary forces under a single command to improve fleet readiness. NECC’s enterprise approach intends to improve efficiencies and effectiveness through economies of scale.

NECC changed how the U.S. Navy organizes, trains and equips its forces to meet the Maritime Security Operations and Joint contingency operations requirements. NECC is not a standalone or combat force, but rather a protection force that fills the gaps in the joint warfare arena and complements capabilities of foreign military partners. As an asset to operational commanders, NECC is designed to provide an array of capabilities that are unique to the expeditionary maritime environment as opposed to the blue water and land warfare environments.

NECC seamlessly operates with the other services and coalition partners to provide cooperative assistance as requested. This redistribution of support places naval forces where they are needed the most and establishes new capabilities in support of Maritime Security Operations.


NECC components offer functions such as command and control of expeditionary warfare operations, training, maritime civil affairs, maritime and port security, logistics support, construction, littoral and coastal warfare and patrol, riverine warfare, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), expeditionary diving and combat salvage, and combat photography.

Individual training and qualifications

Members of most NECC Commands are generally expected to seek qualification for the Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist Insignia unless they belong to specialized communities which require them to qualify for the Seabee Combat Warfare Badge, Navy Diving Badge or Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.

Component commands of the NECC

Sailors of US Navy Riverine Squadron 2 patrol waters near Haditha Dam, Anbar Province, Iraq

NECC component commands include[2]:

Other entities sharing allied functions or similarities independent from NECC

Conventional United States Marine Corps and US Navy entities:

  • 3rd Marine Battalion, a small component of which undertook a conventional riverine mission using the Riverine Assault Craft (RAC) until handing this function on to NECC.
  • Fleet Marine Force, who operate amphibious beach landing craft in support of the Marine Corps.

Unconventional Naval Special Warfare entities:

  • Special Boat Squadron (USN), who share the Navy's Coastal Warfare heritage
  • Special Boat Teams, who share the Navy's coastal, littoral, and riverine warfare heritage
    • Special Boat Team 12 and SBT-20, who share the Navy's Coastal and littoral warfare heritage
    • Special Boat Team 22, who share the Navy's riverine warfare heritage

See also

External links


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 13 October 2008.  
  2. ^ "Year-old NECC tackles ever-growing list of jobs". Navy Times. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  


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