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NECC Establishes Riverine Squadron 2

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070204-02
Release Date: 2/4/2007 1:55:00 PM


By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Jones, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) officially established Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 in a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek on Feb. 2.

The squadron, the second of its type to be established under NECC, will seek to project power ashore by exploiting the riverine space using boats. It will conduct shaping and stability operations, provide maritime security and train coalition partners in operations, intelligence and surveillance.

“The establishment of this squadron sends a message to terrorists that we’re serious about the global war on terrorism,” said Cmdr. Glen Leverette, commanding officer of RIVRON 2. “It shows that we have the capability to meet terrorists anywhere, anytime to deny them the opportunity to terrorize us at home.”

The squadron was established to cope with post-9/11 changes in missions in Iraq and around the world, said Leverette.

“It was apparent to all of us that the way the war on terrorism was progressing made it necessary for riverines again,” said Leverette.

Dozens of Vietnam War veterans who had served in the Navy on similar riverine squadrons the attended establishment ceremony.

“For us to be involved with the establishment of the squadron is a huge honor,” said Ralph Christopher, a Vietnam riverine veteran and author of the book “River Rats.” “We’re glad to be here to send the Sailors off and help them prepare more.”

“All of this is a wonderful opportunity for us to work closely together; we all consider each other brothers,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class(SS) Dan Adly, a plankowner of RIVRON 2. “The river rats in Vietnam helped pave the way for us, so we’re also grateful for that.”

A directive from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen calls for a total of three riverine squadrons to be established under NECC.
RIVRON 2 is currently staffed with a total of more than 200 Sailors, and can be deployed anywhere in the world to protect U.S. interests.

NECC integrates all warfighting requirements for expeditionary combat and combat support elements. This allows for standardized training, manning and equipping of Sailors who will participate in the maritime security operations and the GWOT as part of the joint force.

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