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Fourth Fleet Achieves Pre-Accreditation During PANAMAX 09

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Story Number: NNS090930-27
Release Date: 9/30/2009 10:54:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Holly Boynton, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- U.S. 4th Fleet achieved a major milestone during PANAMAX 09 Sept. 11-22 upon receiving their Maritime Operations Center (MOC) pre-accreditation at the end of the exercise.

During the annual PANAMAX exercise, U.S. 4th Fleet used its role as Coalition Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) to test their MOC procedures, bringing them to an equal playing field with other MOCs in the Navy.

MOCs are an operational construct designed to provide fleets with the flexibility and control needed to execute missions at the operational level of war, from personnel, to intelligence, to logistics and communication.

During several exercise scenarios, including riverine operations, use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, and a hijacking/piracy event, during PANAMAX 09, 4th Fleet put their MOC to the test. A team of observers from U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the Naval War College followed the staff's activities during the exercise, viewing the various departments' roles in working groups, cells, and boards, and during battle rhythm briefings. Fourth Fleet was able to test interoperability, integrating many foreign military partner nation representatives, as well as U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps servicemembers and a strong reserve augmentation.

Rear Adm. David Anderson, Vice Commander U.S. Fleet Forces, commended Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet on his staff's performance during the exercise and pre-accredited 4th Fleet's MOC.

"It was apparent you took (pre-accreditation) very seriously and seeing how the staff cooperated, it was obviously a priority to you and your team," said Anderson.

The ability to work effectively within the joint environment is a necessity within the fleet today. The MOC construct enables increased maritime capabilities in the joint arena.

"Moving our MOC to the next level continues to be my top priority," said Guillory. "I want to mature 4th fleet staff activities, behavior, and products. For other MOCs and higher headquarters, we are ready for additional responsibilities that come with being a numbered fleet staff."

Fourth Fleet is the numbered fleet assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), exercising operational control of assigned forces. Fourth Fleet conducts the full spectrum of maritime security operations (MSO) in support of U.S. objectives and security cooperation activities that promote coalition building and deter aggression.

As the Navy component command of U.S. Southern Command, NAVSO's mission is to direct U.S. Naval forces operating in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions and interact with partner nation navies within the maritime environment. Operations include counter-illicit trafficking, theater security cooperation, military-to-military interaction and bilateral and multinational training.

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