U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Relocates to Florida

Story Number: NNS040126-01Release Date: 1/26/2004 6:56:00 AM
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Special release from the U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has decided to relocate U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) from Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Sept. 30, the President of the United States signed into law the Fiscal Year 2004 Defense Appropriations Act. The legislation included language that calls for the Navy to close U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads no later than six months after enactment of the Act. This legislation requires the relocation of tenant commands, including U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. Since the Navy must close Naval Station Roosevelt Roads by March 31, relocation of USNAVSO is a high priority.

The relocation of USNAVSO to Mayport, Fla., effectively meets Navy mission requirements, and will ensure Navy personnel assigned to the command continue to enjoy a high quality of life. The Navy studied a number of locations and took into account availability of existing infrastructure, communications capabilities, and anti-terrorism/force protection support, amongst other factors. This relocation is scheduled to commence next month, and be completed by March 2004.

Initially, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command will be "dual-hatted" with Commander Naval Surface Group 2, and the two staffs will be consolidated. One Flag officer billet will be disestablished. Naval Surface Group 2 will then be disestablished, creating personnel savings and alignment efficiencies.

For related news, visit the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cusns.

Multi-national naval forces line up during UNITAS 44-03
Official U.S. Navy file photo of multinational forces operating in the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) area of responsibility. USNAVSO is the naval component to the U.S. Southern Command, and provides operational command and control to naval forces in the region and is the lead agent for cooperation and training initiatives between the U.S. and navies from Central, South America and the Caribbean.
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