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Navy Telecommunications Area Master Station in Europe Disestablished

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Story Number: NNS051004-12
Release Date: 10/4/2005 4:00:00 PM

By Gary R. Wagner, Naval Network and Space Operations Command Public Affairs

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- The Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS), Europe Central (EURCENT) was disestablished Oct. 1 and redesignated as Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Naples.

Originally established Oct. 1, 1997, NCTAMS EURCENT’s mission was to provide command, control, communications, computers and telephone services for then-Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Commander, Naval Forces Central Europe; Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet; Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet; and numerous joint and NATO commands responsible for sustained combat operations in the European and Central Command areas of operations.

NCTAMS EURCENT also served as the regional commander for NCTSs in Iceland, Bahrain, and Sigonella, Sicily, as well as detachments in London, England; Rota, Spain; and Souda Bay, Greece.

"From its beginnings in the early 1960s as Naval Communications Station Naples, and through its subsequent designations as Naval Communications Area Master Station Mediterranean (NAVCAMS MED), NCTAMS MED and finally NCTAMS EURCENT, the command has been a mainstay for fleet units operating in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility," said commanding officer Capt. Barbara Geraghty.

Until recently, NCTAMS EURCENT shared responsibility for operating components of the Global Information Grid with its regional counterparts at NCTAMS Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., and NCTAMS Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii, with oversight by Commander, Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC) headquartered in Dahlgren, Va.

Rear Adm. John Cryer, former commander of NNSOC, decided to reshape the enterprise into two Regional Network Operations and Security Centers (RNOSC) in Norfolk and Wahiawa, and disestablish the third NCTAMS in Naples, in July 2004.

"Operationally, the transformation has been more dramatic," said Geraghty. "We have shifted primary responsibility for many fleet communications functions to NCTAMS LANT, NCTAMS PAC and NCTS Guam.

EURCENT has shifted fleet broadcast responsibility to Norfolk for the Mediterranean Broadcast and to NCTS Guam for the Indian Ocean Broadcast. Likewise, functions such as fleet SIPRNET messaging, other legacy messaging and Over The Air Transmissions of keying material have been assumed by NCTAMS LANT.

Nevertheless, Geraghty added, "In order to ensure sufficient redundancy and robustness, NCTS Naples stands ready to assume these functions when necessary from the primary providers, but for limited periods of time."

In addition to the operational changes already mentioned, NCTS Naples successfully consolidated all Defense Message System (DMS) operations for Europe and Bahrain at Naples. Further plans to provide DMS services for these OCONUS locations from Norfolk are under evaluation by PEO C4I, along with other technology insertions that are expected to reduce manpower requirements in support of the Navywide human recapitalization and the transformation of personnel manning in Europe.

One mission that has remained constant for NCTS Naples in the midst of realignment and transformation is that of the Satellite Communications Facility at Lago di Patria. This department is responsible for the Standardized Tactical Entry Point (STEP) capabilities and the DISN Teleport functions that support the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in Europe.

The SATCOM Facility supports not only Navy fleet unit satellite services, but also Army and Marine Corps Ground Mobile Force missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and other NATO and joint training missions in Europe.

While NCTAMS EURCENT’s Fleet communications mission has decreased, Geraghty pointed out that the command has assumed significant responsibilities for operating and maintaining legacy and OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-NET) networks.

Over the next two to three years, NCTS Naples will continue to operate legacy networks while simultaneously establishing the ONE-NET enterprise and migrating customers to the new network.

“As the sun sets on NCTAMS EURCENT,” said Geraghty, “the command can be proud of its sustained superior performance in support of Navy and joint units in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terror.

“NCTAMS EURCENT leaves behind an impressive legacy that is full of accomplishments which have resonated throughout the Navy,” Geraghty said. “Although the name is changing, the superior level of professionalism that its customers have come to expect will not change, as the superb men and women of NCTS Naples continue the mission.”

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