Sustaining Navy Expeditionary Combat Forces
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), established in 2006, is the type command on which the Navy puts the responsibilities to man, train, and equip most of its functions that are not performed on ships, submarines, or airplanes. NECC is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and sustaining the Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF) to execute combat, combat support, and combat service support missions across the full spectrum of naval, joint, and combined operations which enable access from the sea and freedom of action throughout the sea-to-shore and inland operating environments.
NECC is operationally controlled in combined task forces that consolidate the NECF under a singular command in each theater. These include; Commander Task Force (CTF) 56, 68, and 75. The CTFs focus on the unique war fighting requirements of their theaters and serve as the lead for the integrated delivery of NECF capabilities in support of the theater missions.
The NECF possess specialized skills that enable distributed maritime operations. The Force accomplishes this by maintaining open and secure logistics routes at sea and ashore, repairing critical infrastructure such as airfields and ports, and providing expeditionary base infrastructure in support of expeditionary medical facilities and other command and control nodes capable of reinforcing blue water lethality and dominating in the littorals.