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Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe [NAVSOUTH]

Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe is one of the two Component Commands in Allied Command Europe's Southern Region. The NAVSOUTH Commander, also known as COMNAVSOUTH, is an Italian four-star admiral with an international staff provided mainly by Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

COMNAVSOUTH is responsible for sea control, protection of the sea lines of communication, and naval control of shipping in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. Except during exercises and the current operations in the Adriatic, the only forces permanently under COMNAVSOUTH's control are the NATO Standing Naval Force Mediterranean and the NATO Mine Counter Measures Mediterranean Force (MCMFORMED). In addition, COMNAVSOUTH coordinates, on a 24-hour daily basis, surveillance of his area of responsibility.

NAVSOUTH was established as a separate headquarters on June 5, 1967, upon dissolution of Headquarters Allied Forces Mediterranean, a major NATO Subordinate Command previously responsible for maritime operations in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. It is situated on the Island of Nisida, Naples, Italy.

From July 1992 to October 1996, COMNAVSOUTH has commanded the joint Western European Union (WEU)/NATO maritime operation known as Sharp Guard in support of United Nations Resolutions regarding the former Yugoslavia. NAVSOUTH has continued to provide maritime forces in support of NATO operations in the Balkans. The peacetime mission of NAVSOUTH is to assure the readiness of NATO naval forces in the Mediterranean and to contribute to regional stability through dialogue and cooperation, particularly with nations participating in the Partnership-for-Peace (PfP) program.

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