News: NECC establishes Coastal Riverine Force
Story by Seaman Kay Savarese
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR) was formally established during a ceremony held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., June 1.
CORIVFOR is composed of 2,500 active and about 2,000 reserve sailors capable of conducting 24-hour operations.
“This is a truly momentous day,” said Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. “I see this as the beginning of a greater capability, we have the opportunity to really move forward.”
CORIVFOR, a merger of the Riverine force and Maritime Expeditionary Force, performs core maritime expeditionary security missions in the green and brown waters, bridging the gap between traditional Navy blue water operations and land-based forces, providing port and harbor security for vital waterways and protection of high value assets and maritime infrastructure.
“The two forces share a common heritage,” said Capt. James C. Hamblet, commander of Coastal Riverine Group (CORIVGRU) 2. “These are two very similar forces that have operated together historically conducting complimentary, overlapping missions.
“Now we’ll have brown water and green water capabilities resident in a single unit,” said Hamblet. “These new Coastal Riverine Squadrons will be greater than the sum of their parts.”
CORIVFOR provides a combination of maritime expeditionary security and riverine capabilities and equipment.
“As the force merges, we will begin to utilize larger patrol boats,” said Hamblet. “These boats will give us the ability to operate between rivers, harbors, across the littorals and into the open ocean, enhancing our coastal and riverine capability.”
CORIVFOR is comprised of two Echelon IV groups, CORIVGRU 1 homeported in Imperial Beach, Calif. with squadrons located in San Diego at the Naval Amphibious Base. CORIVGRU 2 is homeported in Portsmouth, Va., with active squadrons located at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Va., a forward deployed detachment in Bahrain, and reserve squadrons located in Newport, R.I. and Jacksonville, Fla. CORIVGRU 1 is commanded by Capt. Eric Moss and Capt. Hamblet is the commander for CORIVGRU 2.
“When you look at this organization as it comes together, it’s a win-win for everyone,” said Tillotson. “The win for the Navy is that we’ve got a more capable combat power that can go out and provide security and influence operations in the littorals, and for the Sailors involved, they will have a more robust capability that maintains the high standards of both organizations and carries out the mission across all areas.”
CORIVFOR is a component of NECC and provides flexible responsive maritime security forces capable of performing high level security. NECC is a command element and force provider for integrated maritime expeditionary missions, serving as a single functional command for the Navy's expeditionary forces.