CNO Announces Plans to Align the Fleet

Story Number: NNS020724-59Release Date: 8/22/2001 3:03:00 AM
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By Lt. Brauna Carl, Navy Office of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark recently announced that the Navy is taking the next step in aligning the fleet to more effectively achieve its primary mission: to carry American sovereignty to the four corners of the world, to defend America's interests and to fight and win, should deterrence fail.

"Alignment will produce the effectiveness and efficiency we need in the 21st Century Navy," said Clark.

The most significant element of this initiative is to establish Commander, U.S. Fleet Command (CFFC) as a concurrent responsibility of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT).

CFFC will be responsible for overall coordination, establishment and implementation of integrated requirements and policies for manning, equipping and training Atlantic and Pacific fleet units during the inter-deployment training cycle (IDTC).

The policies and requirements will achieve standard fleet-wide practices on both coasts.

"The objective is that there's not one ounce of difference in the way these units work," said Clark. "The standards that were used to create a trained and ready product were the same regardless of where that training was conducted."

To support CFFC in this task, type commanders (TYCOM) within each warfare community will be the commanders of Naval Surface Force Pacific, Naval Air Force Pacific and Submarine Force Atlantic.

They will assume concurrent duties as fleet TYCOMS, known as Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR); Commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR); and Commander, Naval Submarine Forces (COMNAVSUBFOR).

These fleet TYCOMs will lead their communities and advise CFFC of vital issues such as modernization needs, training initiatives, and operational concept development. They will provide guidance to their respective forces via the existing lead-follow TYCOM arrangement.

CFFC will also be supported by Commander, 3rd Fleet, who will report on issues pertaining to the development and implementation of IDTC requirements and policies for West Coast naval units.

The Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) in Newport, R.I., will report to CFFC as its immediate superior, for purposes of warfare innovation, concept development, fleet and joint experimentation, and the synchronization and dissemination of doctrine.

NWDC will continue to report to the Naval War College in the process of concept development and to the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare requirements and programs on issues pertaining to Navy transformation, and the development of warfare requirements and programs.

This strengthened fleet and CNO-directed relationship will allow NWDC to expand its leading role in Navy experimentation and transformation.

"I still want the Navy Warfare Development Command to have a strong tie to the War College and that whole apparatus, but I want them first and foremost connected to the fleet," said Clark.

These changes to streamline the warfare requirements reporting process will become effective October 1, and will complete the structural elements of Clark's plan to better align the Navy.

Full implementation of this vision will enable the Navy to achieve greater unity of effort in fulfilling the Title 10 responsibilities to organize, train and equip deploying naval forces.

To access the CNO Web page, go to

CNO Aboard CVN 71
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Admiral Vern Clark.
January 16, 2002
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