WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (NNS) -- Approximately 100 members of the Williamsburg-based Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 are preparing to deploy in support of the tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia.
Cmdr. Vince Clifton, NCHB 1 commanding officer, said his battalion's ability to deploy on short notice is one of their hallmarks.
"Assisting in the humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of this devastating tsunami is a vivid example of our role as the Navy's 'ready alert' expeditionary logistics support unit, namely cargo handling, freight terminal and air terminal operations.
"Our mission includes a quick reponse capability to provide forward deployable logistic support units specializing in open-ocean cargo handling with capability to perform air and freight terminal operations," Clifton added.
NCHB 1 is the active-duty component of the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF), headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., and is a component of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
NAVELSF is an operational force of the Navy's U.S. Fleet Forces Command organized and staffed to deliver expeditionary logistics capabilities with mobilization ready Naval Reserve Force Sailors and equipment to theater commanders in support of the national military strategy. NAVELSF consists of a full-time and selective reserve support staff, Navy Cargo Handling Battalions, Navy Supply Support Battalions, an Expeditionary Logistics Response Cell, and Deployable Ammunition Handling and Reporting Teams. The command supports more than 4,000 Naval Reservists and more than 300 active-duty personnel located throughout the United States, encompassing more than 90 percent of the U.S. Navy's Supply and Transportation Expeditionary Units.
For related news on Navy tsunami relief operations, visit the Focus on Tsunami Relief Operations page at www.navy.mil/local/tsunami.
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