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Second Fleet Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Experimental Maritime Operations Center

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071012-23
Release Date: 10/12/2007 7:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lolita M. Lewis, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander 2nd Fleet, Vice Adm. Marty Chanik participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operations Center-Experimental (MHQ with MOC-X) held at 2nd Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, Oct. 10.

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Rick Ruehe; 2nd Fleet MHQ with MOC Director, Capt. Mike Smack and Lt. Leticia Soto from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) also participated in the ceremony.

The MOC-X will focus on determining how the Navy’s MHQ with MOC commands support combatant commanders, military services and agencies in their day-to-day missions and warfighting operations.

Its mission is to advance the Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) as the primary theater command and Control facility responsible for supporting the orchestration of a maritime campaign for a coalition effort.

“MOC-X is the leading edge of laboratory technology for maturing the processes and supporting technologies for the continual advancement of MHQ with MOC,” said Smack. “The complex challenge to support joint and multinational commanders is expanding the scope of naval operations beyond the traditional blue water scenarios. MHQ with MOC gives us the tools to enhance joint operations through increased capability, flexibility and interoperability.”

Designed to reduce inconsistencies between fleet and naval component commands, which often confused other services and regional commands, the Navy’s goal was to adopt a set of maritime processes that would standardize operations across the Navy’s operational level commands.

MHQ with MOC allows the Navy a sustained state of readiness giving commanders the agility to smoothly transition from peacetime operations to disaster relief operations and major combat operations, yet still handle fleet management functions.

"MOC-X will lead the evolution of MHQ with MOC, ensuring the Navy keeps pace with the ever-increasing speed of war,” said John Owens, 2nd Fleet’s MHQ with MOC coordinator. “There will always be better ways ... more lethal and effective means ... of maintaining our sea power supremacy. It is the mission of MOC-X to discover and deliver them to the fleet”

The MOC-X facility is scheduled to be fully operational in May of 2008.

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