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Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Sean Hoyle, left, from Morgan Hill, Calif., and Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Carlos Rodriguez, from Phoenix, both deployed with the Navy Expeditionary Logistics capability of Task Force 75, connect a Mark VI patrol boat cradle to the twin crane on the Military Sealift Command’s large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship USNS Soderman (TA-AKR 317) during a lift on/lift off operation in Apra Harbor, Guam.

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Navy Expeditionary Combat Force (NECF) Sailors with ideas that will innovate the force have a unique way of having their voices heard, at the TYCOM level.

In 2019 Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) began using a system called the N8 Warfare Programs and Readiness Portal. The Portal’s purpose is to increase value and transparency of Force capability needs, help speed requirements generation, and rapid technology development across the NECF. The system offers users several portal tools that have revolutionized the future of NECC Forces and puts innovation in the hands of the Sailors out doing the work.

Since the inception of the Portal NECF Sailors have seen their ideas take life and gain funding. Ensuring the NECF has a clear resolve to compete while accelerating modernization of the force.

In 2019 Explosive Ordnance Group Two used the portal to request an evaluation of technology that would allow remote operators to stream live video and still imagery to a remote location for further analysis. The request that was submitted via the portal, was evaluated and funded after the technology proved its value to the force.

Recently the Naval Construction Force (NCF) identified a need for a commercial grade tilt-deck trailer. Current trailers in stock either required a larger prime mover, or additional equipment at times to load and offload construction equipment after being transported by trailer.  The tilt-deck trailer would reduce the onload/offload time, increase efficiencies, and eliminate some ancillary loading equipment at the end of a route.  A plan was put in place and the NCF will be getting the much-needed trailers added to their table of allowances so they can purchased the equipment.

The intent behind the Portal page was to provide transparency across NECF as to the status of requirements, capability needs, User Operational Evaluation System, and the most up to date Science and Technology Objective Plan.  The Portal provides a place for any member of the force to submit a capability need for consideration.

NECC is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and sustaining the NECF. The NECF is postured to anticipate and rapidly respond to the changing security environment. NECF’s warfighting capabilities as a whole are greater than the sum of its individual parts, and we ensure the integrated naval force continues to dominate on the high seas and across the littorals in an era of Great Power Competition. The NECF is manned, trained, and equipped to clear, secure, build, and protect critical assets and waterways in order to execute full spectrum military operations in support of the Fleet and Joint Force.

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