MARCOM Hosts Commander Joint Force Command Naples
NORTHWOOD, UK – Today, the Commander of Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Mark Ferguson visited NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) to meet with the Commander MARCOM, Vice Admiral Peter Hudson.
This is Admiral Ferguson's first visit to MARCOM since assuming command of JFC Naples in July 2014. In additon to his NATO responsibilities, Admiral Ferguson is also Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa.
Admiral Ferguson and Vice Admiral Hudson discussed MARCOM and JFC Naples synergies in the implementation of NATO's Readiness Action Plan, including the establishment of a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) mandated at the September 2014 Wales Summit. The US contribution to training NATO's Standing Naval Forces' was explored. Admiral Ferguson was also briefed on MARCOM's current and future operations, as well as engagements with NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Partners.
In advance of MARCOM's full operational capability (FOC) certification exercise TRIDENT JEWEL 15, Admiral Ferguson also shared with the MARCOM Command Group, the experience and lessons derived from JFC Naples' successful Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 14, conducted in November.
"MARCOM enjoys a close and positive working relationship with JFC Naples that will continue to grow stronger through our combined efforts. We stand ready to support JFC Naples as their Maritime Component and in working to jointly strengthen maritime security in the Mediterranean and across JFC Naples' area of focus," said Vice Admiral Peter Hudson. "Admiral Ferguson's experience and insights were also beneficial to our preparation on the road to Full Operational Capability and much appreciated. "