Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Monday, January 16, 2006

Rise of the "dirt sailors"

An updated report on the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command here, as it gets formally established on 13 Jan 06:
The new command pulls together Seabees, cargo handlers, ordnance disposal experts and maritime security forces under one structure. It will also create a new riverine force for patrolling inland waterways in countries plagued by terrorists, drug runners and pirates...

...The unit “is not about a naval infantry,” said Fleet Forces Commander Adm. John B. Nathman. Infantry will continue to be handled by the Marines, with Navy forces following, he said.

The command also marks the comeback of the “brown water Navy.” During Vietnam, sailors regularly patrolled rivers and ports in small, fast boats...

...Lt. Gerald Lowe, executive officer of an underwater construction team based at Little Creek, said new structure will provide uniform training and raise the profile of the dirt sailors.
Earlier report on the NECC here.

UPDATE: (1/18/06) Biography of Commander, NECC found here.

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