United States Naval Forces Southern Command:
United States Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) was established in
February 2000, with headquarters at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico
which in early 2004 relocated to Naval Station Mayport, Florida. COMUSNAVSO
serves as a main link between the U.S. Navy and the navies of South America,
Central America, and the Caribbean, and is at the forefront of U.S. engagement
in the Western Hemisphere. The command consolidates functions previously
conducted by the Commander, Western Hemisphere Group, formerly in Mayport,
Florida and the Commander, South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
(COMSOLANT), formerly located at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
COMUSNAVSO was built around the core of COMSOLANT, that was established in June
of 1958 with headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago and was moved to Roosevelt
Roads, Puerto Rico in 1973. COMSOLANT had participated in annual
"UNITAS" deployments around South America since 1960, and routinely
deployed to Africa for the West African Training Cruise since 1980.
addition to UNITAS, COMUSNAVSO participates in navy-to-navy exercises, counter
drug operations, port visits, humanitarian missions, disaster relief and
protocol events. COMUSNAVSO exercises military command and control of all
assigned ships and units, and represents the U.S. Southern Command with respect
to naval matters in the region.
of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead announced reestablishment of U.S.
Fourth Fleet April 24, 2008. He reestablished U.S. Fourth Fleet July 12, 2008
during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport.
U.S. Fourth Fleet was a major U.S. Navy command in the South Atlantic Ocean
during World War II. Established in 1943 to protect the U.S. against raiders,
blockade runners and enemy submarines, it was disestablished in 1950 when
responsibilities were taken over by U.S. Second Fleet.
Fourth Fleet headquarters, is co-located with U.S. Naval Forces Southern
Command (USNAVSO) headquarters in Mayport , Fla. U.S. Fourth Fleet Commander is
also Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO). COMUSNAVSO
will retain mission as the Navy component commander for U.S. Southern Command
(SOUTHCOM). U.S. Fourth Fleet is
responsible for U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and submarines operating in the
SOUTHCOM area of operations, which encompasses the Caribbean, and Central and
South America and surrounding waters.
vessels or aircrafts will be permanently assigned to U.S. Fourth Fleet as part
of the re-establishment. U.S. Fourth Fleet is an organizational fleet staffed
to fulfill a planning and coordination mission. U.S. Fourth Fleet is focused on
strengthening friendships and partnerships and will have five missions: support
for peacekeeping, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, traditional
maritime exercises, and counterdrug support operations.