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U.S. 6th Fleet Exercises Expeditionary Ordnance Loading Capability in Rota

January 13, 2017 at 9:17 PM UTC
From U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs in coordination with Naval Station Rota Public Affairs

NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – U.S. 6th Fleet, in coordination with USS California (SSN 781), Navy Munitions Command Rota, Spain and Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London, conducted an ordnance loading exercise at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 13, 2017. The expeditionary ordnance loading exercise demonstrated the U.S. Navy’s capability to load ordnance onto naval vessels in non-traditional locations.


This exercise demonstrates enhanced capabilities to strengthen naval power at and from the sea to contribute to a more stable, secure and prosperous European region. This is the first in a series of expeditionary weapons loading events planned for the next year in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. 




“The capability that we will gain from this training is a game changer.  Our forces will soon be able to load critical ordnance onto naval ships, submarines, and aircraft in a much wider variety of locations throughout the European theater of operation. This will allow us to respond more rapidly in any crisis and provide greater flexibility to sustain combat operations, allowing our units to be more effective, efficient, and lethal.”

- Deputy Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Rear Adm. Daryl Caudle



Quick Facts: 
Commander, Task Force (CTF) 68 commands all Naval Expeditionary Forces in U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) areas of responsibility in direct support of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F) Maritime and Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) Strategies and Maritime Support Plans.
CTF 69 is responsible for submarine warfare operations in the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM Areas of Responsibility. CTF 69 is composed of fast-attack and guided-missile submarines capable of locating and destroying enemy surface and sub-surface vessels.
This exercise brings together Navy components that do not traditionally work together into an Adaptive Force Package (AFP), bringing together the critical skills, personnel, and equipment necessary to complete the mission.
The first event highlights the development of an Adaptive Force Package (AFP) using CTF 63, CTF 68, and CTF 69, Navy Munitions Command and NSSF New London. Naval Station Rota Public Works Department, Port Operations, and Security Department supported this event.
Specific CTF 68 forces involved were CTG 68.2 Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven (NMCB 11) Seabees and CTG 68.4 Fleet Anti-terrorism Support Team (FAST) Marines.
Naval Munitions Command functions as the Navy's center for ordnance management for shore stations worldwide by providing ammunitions management, operating explosives ordnance storage, outloading, and transshipment facilities.
Naval Submarine Support Facility New London provides support for shore organizations, providing a Base Operations Support (BOS) infrastructure to the operating forces of the Navy and other naval organizations and tenant commands.
NAVSTA Rota supports Naval Forces Europe-Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet and COCOM strategic priorities by providing airfield and port facilities, security, force protection, logistical support, administrative support and emergency services to all U.S. and NATO forces.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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