VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The chief of naval personnel (CNP), Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Oct. 23.
CNP visited NECC to tour its facilities and familiarize himself with the Navy’s expeditionary forces and their capabilities.
The tour showcased NECC’s assets and provided Moran with an opportunity to interact with the sailors who make the expeditionary forces operational.
“When you get out and see what sailors are doing in the fleet, operating the gear that they have trained for, there’s a lot of pride, a lot of enthusiasm about what they do,” said Moran. “Sailors want us to know what capabilities they have and of course they want our support in Washington, D.C. That’s why I came out to find out what NECC has, what they need and to make sure requirements are represented inside the Pentagon and elsewhere in Washington, D.C.”
Moran began his visit at Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 where he observed equipment demonstrations followed by a visit to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit 2 (EODTEU 2).
“The role of the expeditionary capabilities, I think, will be as important in the future as it has been in the last 10 years,” said Moran. “They can go to places and participate in the kind of operations and training with friends and allies around multiple regions throughout the world that we want to stay connected to, and partner with many navies - small and large navies - around the globe which is very important for us.”
After leaving EODTEU 2, the CNP traveled to Coastal Riverine Group Two Training and Evaluation Unit to view static displays and speak to sailors from Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command, Coastal Riverine Force, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, and Naval Construction Force, followed by a final boat demonstration from Coastal Riverine Force.
NECC sailors were appreciative to be given the opportunity to have their voices heard.
“It was great for our command and community as a whole, because it allows our leadership to see what we are doing day-to-day and the attention to detail that our work takes,” said Navy Diver 2nd Class Patrick Lane, assigned to MDSU 2.
“Speaking with the CNP was needed, especially when you’re in an expeditionary community. A lot of people don’t know what our forces do,” said Chief Yeoman Chanreka Leftridge, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12.
Before departing, the CNP thanked the NECC sailors for their hard work and dedication to the expeditionary force.
“This was a really good visit for me to see these sailors doing extraordinary work throughout the Navy,” said Moran.
NECC forces are globally deployed, providing capability across the full range of military operations in the maritime strategy to include forward presence, maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, sea control and power projection and deterrence.