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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Operational Chain of Command

The operational chain of command for Navy operating forces:

  • President of the United States
  • Secretary of Defense
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff (The JCS are in operational C.O.C. to provide strategic guidance and direction to the unified and specified commanders, but do not exercise operational command or control of forces.
  • Commander Unified (strategic force missile submarines, when on patrol, are under the direct operational command/control of the commander of a unified command. In some situations this operational control may be further delegated.)
  • Naval Component Commander (Fleet Commanders in Chief), i.e., CinCLantFlt, CinCPacFlt, CinCUSNavEur
  • Numbered Fleet Commander (2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th)
  • Task Force Commander
  • Task Group Commander
  • Task Unit Commander
  • Task Element Commander
  • Individual unit commanding officer

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