|Joint Force Command Norfolk (JFC-NF)|
|Allegiance||North Atlantic Treaty Organization|
|Part of||Allied Command Operations|
|Headquarters||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Vice Admiral Andrew L. Lewis, USN|
|Deputy Commander||Rear Admiral Andrew Betton, Royal Navy|
Joint Force Command - Norfolk (JFC-NF) is a joint operational level command part of the NATO Military Command Structure under Allied Command Operations. Its headquarters is located in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
In late 2017-early 2018, NATO approved two new commands, a rear area transit command which was finally announced as the Joint Support and Enabling Command, to be located at Ulm, Germany, and a new command for the Atlantic. Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael remarked that "NATO is refocusing on the Atlantic in recognition of the great power competition prompted by a resurgent Russia."
In March 2018 Chair of the Military Committee General Petr Pavel announced that the new Atlantic command would become part of the NATO Force Structure at the level of a Joint Force Command, similar to the two that exist at Brunssum and Naples. On 7 June 2018 the Secretary-General said the new JFC would have its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, in the United States. The name was confirmed as Joint Force Command Norfolk at the NATO Summit in July. It was to be commanded by the Vice Admiral who commands the United States Second Fleet.
The command was established due to the rising Russian threat, making the Atlantic sea routes a critical domain. Its counterpart 2nd Fleet was established because the United States Navy "needed a commander to direct sustained combat operations in the Atlantic". In January 2019, U.S. Navy releases said the command would aim to work seamlessly with allies and NATO partners in all domains and to provide awareness and synchronization with allies, while ensuring readiness and contributing to NATO objectives and core tasks. In this role, the command would contribute to ..NATO’s warfighting capability. It was formally activated by NATO's North Atlantic Council on 26 July 2019.
Vice Admiral Andrew L. Lewis, USN was appointed as the first commander, who also commands the recently re-established United States Second Fleet also headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. The Deputy Commander is from the Royal Navy, the Chief of Staff position will alternative between a between a German and a Spanish officer, the operations officer is Norwegian, the plans officer is French and the support officer is Danish.
The command will be declared as initially operationally capable on 17 September 2020 at 1430 Central European Time at its headquarters, NSA Hampton Roads. It aims for full operational capability by the end of 2021.
September 2019 - Rear-Admiral Andrew Betton: Deputy Commander, NATO Joint Force Command, Norfolk, Virginia
oyal Navy Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, deputy commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces (STRIKFORNATO), speaks with Royal Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Betton, deputy commander, Joint Force Command – Norfolk (JFC-NF)
The operational level consists of three standing Joint Force Commands (JFCs): one in Brunssum, The Netherlands, one in Naples, Italy and one in Norfolk, Virginia.