By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Michael R. Hinchcliffe, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (NNS) -- Navy Expeditionary Combat Command's (NECC) capabilities were on display for the Sea, Air and Space 2009 Exposition, sponsored by the Navy League, at the National Harbor in Maryland May 4.
The Sea, Air and Space expo's Web site states the event is the largest maritime exposition in the world, featuring more than 150 defense industry exhibits with top civilian and military leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Maritime Administration and the defense industry. The exposition showcases national and international exhibits on the latest in sea power.
Among NECC forces represented at this year's Expo are the riverine force, which is providing an in-water boat display with a riverine patrol boat and a riverine assault boat. NECC headquarters is also providing a display in the exposition exhibit space.
In addition to displays, NECC acting Chief of Staff Capt. David M. Balk spoke to a crowd of attendees and exhibitors about NECC and its force capabilities. His comments focused on NECC units' supporting and expanding the missions of traditional Navy platforms, and the continuum of capability in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) from the blue water to green and brown water environments, building security and partnerships, one mission, one project and one Sailor at a time.
"Through these efforts we support the maritime strategy," said Balk, "by helping to raise the prevention of war to a level equal to the conduct of war."
Balk also spoke to the crowd about how NECC's mission supports the maritime strategy through the force's wide variety of capabilities from maritime expeditionary Security Force's support of oil platform defense in Iraq, to maritime civil affairs projects in South America, to naval construction forces in Afghanistan. He also talked about the importance of NECC's operational Reserve forces.
NECC's capabilities also came up in other forums. During the first day of the expo, guest speakers included Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.
"I really do believe that is a hugely important capability, the Riverine force -- which is sort of where we started -- has expanded. The Navy has been an expeditionary force, so developing capabilities like that for the fights that we're in and for the challenges and the engagement, as well as potential fights in the future, is absolutely vital," said Mullen.
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