DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- A new command charged with operating and maintaining the Navy's space and global telecommunications systems and services was established in formal ceremonies here recently.
The Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC), created through the merger of elements of Naval Space Command and the Naval Network Operations Command, will execute operational oversight of shipboard networks, Navy's satellite communication systems and overseas communications networks, as well as the Navy's portion of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.
"To this point, the fleet has not had a single sponsor for network operations," observes Rear Adm. John Cryer, Naval Network and Space Operations Command's first commander. "This organization will consolidate the strengths of its predecessors to provide crucial leadership in this area of fleet support and a more efficient mechanism to responding to fleet telecommunications requirements."
Cryer, who assumed command of Naval Space Command in December 2001, emphasizes that the establishment of NNSOC is representative of the Chief of Naval Operations objectives directed toward alignment.
"CNO's goal is to create a streamlined Navy with a good handle on efficient and effective business practices. Our objective will be to develop an efficient organization that is more responsive to fleet needs," says Cryer.
The new organization is a subordinate element of the Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) established earlier this month in Norfolk, Va., and commanded by Vice Adm. Richard W. Mayo.
NETWARCOM will serve as the central authority to coordinate all information technology, information operations and space activities in support of all fleet commanders in chief. Within the Navy hierarchy, NETWARCOM will have a position equivalent to that of the "type commanders" who oversee the surface, undersea and air warfare communities.
Mayo also assumes the title of commander, Naval Space Command, and the role as the naval component to the U.S. Space Command. The commander for NNSOC at Dahlgren will serve in an additional duty capacity as deputy commander, Naval Space Command.
The merger of Naval Space Command and the Naval Network Operations Command affects some 5,800 military personnel and civilian employees currently assigned to both organizations and their various components, including approximately 300 personnel at NAVSPACECOM's Dahlgren location and another 300 personnel at NNOC's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Future plans call for relocating all personnel from the Washington location to an expanded NNSOC facility in Dahlgren. Funds for a military construction project to build a 75,000-square-foot addition to NAVSPACECOM's current building have been programmed for fiscal year 2004. Construction is planned to start in the spring of 2004.
Organizations assigned as subordinate commands to NNSOC include the Naval Satellite Operations Center in Point Mugu, Calif.; Fleet Surveillance Support Command in Chesapeake, Va.; and the regional Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations (NCTAMS) in Norfolk, Va., Naples, Italy, and Wahiawa, Hawaii.
For more information on the Naval Network and Space Operations Command, go to www.nnsoc.navy.mil.