Regional commanders coordinate navy support activities ashore. Overseas, these commanders also serve as the fleets military liaison with host governments to facilitate combined exercises and enhance force coordination.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe [CINCUSNAVEUR] operates under two separate operational and administrative chains of command. As the operational Commander in Chief of all U.S. naval forces in Europe, CINCUSNAVEUR; the component Commander of the U. S. Commander in Chief, Europe (USCINCEUR). CINCUSNAVEUR is also the administrative commander in the Department of the Navy chain of command directly responsible to the Chief of Naval Operations for management, logistics and communications support of U.S. Navy assets in Europe. While not a NATO command, CINCUSNAVEUR is responsible for insuring ready forces are available for NATO if the need arises and for logistics support of U.S. Navy ships and aircraft whether they are nationally or NATO assigned. CINCUSNAVEUR also works with NATO commands and member governments in planning, operating and funding NATO facilities used by the U.S. Navy. The command's geographic area of responsibility ranges from Norway down the western coast of Africa to Capetown, and eastward through Europe and the Mediterranean to Israel.
U.S. Naval Forces Japan [CNFJ] acts as Navy representative and coordinator in the area of responsibility, executes shore installation management, and promotes operability and conducts liaison with the Japan Self Defense Force. The commander U.S. Naval Forces, Japan area of responsibility extends from the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula to the northern tip of Taiwan. It includes the Sea of Japan, a portion of the Philippine Sea, and part of the northern Pacific, but not the Korean Peninsula. On July 1, 1957, the area under the command of the Far East Commander was transferred to CINCPAC. The senior command was designated as Commander U.S. Forces, Japan. In the reorganization, the area assigned to Commander Naval Forces, Japan was changed to include Japan and the Ryukyu Islands. On February 1, 1962, the Commander Naval Forces, Japan was redesignated Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Japan, as it is known today.
U.S. Naval Forces Korea [CNFK] is the Navy regional coordinator for the Republic of Korea, providing US Navy leadership and expertise to Joint, Combined, and Navy commands for plans, policies, training and sustainment ashore of Navy forces in defense of the Republic of Korea. Additionally, CNFK provides liaison in armistice and wartime to United States and Republic of Korea forces afloat. In addition to being a forward deployed component, CFAC and the Navy's other tenant commands provide the professional support and logistics to keep forward deployed ships and aircraft mission-ready.
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