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U.S. 2nd Fleet Enhances MOC Capabilities with NMCI Transition

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Story Number: NNS090912-08
Release Date: 9/12/2009 7:30:00 PM

From U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) successfully transitioned from its legacy network to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) in late August, as an effort to enhance cyber security and collaboration.

Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) are the Navy's operational-level warfare command and control organizations designed to deliver flexible global maritime capabilities throughout the full range of military operations. MOCs support fleet management and the execution of operational responsibilities by providing commanders with flexible, tailored, and scalable staff and processes to make mission-critical decisions and enhance global maritime capabilities.

According to Capt.t Jeff Link, C2F's director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (N6), NMCI installation realizes the vision of a standardized MOC that aligns operational Fleet Command Centers with the Program of Record network serving the entire Navy enterprise. The decision was also driven by an imperative to enhance 2nd Fleet's decision superiority through increased cyber security and improved collaboration.

"Working under tight restrictions and timelines, the coordination between the organizations involved in transitioning the systems to NMCI worked out extremely well," said Link.

U.S. 2nd Fleet now has an improved ability to transfer data on both the unclassified and classified networks with greater information security, he added. NMCI also migrated C2 tactical systems into the MOC environment to ensure system interoperability.

The NETWAR/FORCEnet Enterprise (NNFE) Board of Directors selected a MOC design that combined the NMCI network, workstations, network operations, security services and Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS) command and control applications earlier this year. The hybrid approach uses the strongest assets from the NMCI and ISNS networks to produce an interoperable and flexible MOC solution.

"The transition to NMCI has made it easier to connect with people and commands because we are now part of a global network," said Lt. Michael Moody, C2F assistant battle watch captain. "The interoperability between the people and systems has definitely improved efficiency and collaboration."

U.S. 2nd Fleet is the first of MOC to be fully operational on the Navy's enterprise network.

For more news from Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/c2f/.



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