United States Navy Riverine Squadron

United States Navy Riverine Squadron

The Riverine Squadrons of the United States Navy are elements of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). According to the Navy: “The Navy’s Riverine force focuses on conducting Maritime Security Operations and Theater Security Cooperation in a riverine area of operations or other suitable area. The force is capable of combating enemy riverine forces by applying fires directly, or by coordinating supporting fires. It will share battle space with the other Services in an effort to close the seams in Doctrine, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.” [http://www.necc.navy.mil/ U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command: “Riverine: About Us”] ]

As of 2008, three riverine squadrons are active in the Navy, all under the command of Riverine Group 1, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Riverine Squadron 1 (RIVRON 1) deployed to Iraq in April 2007 and was relieved by Riverine Squadron 2 (RIVRON 2) in October 2007. [http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=32756 Navy NewsStand: “RIVRON 1 Sailors Return Home”, Story Number: NNS071023-24, date: 2007-10-23] ] Riverine Squadron 3 (RIVRON 3) was established in July 2007 [http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=30481 Navy NewsStand: “NECC Establishes Riverine Squadron 3”, Story Number: NNS070710-13, date: 2007-07-10] ] and relieved RIVRON 2 in Iraq when their deployment completed in April 2008.


Riverine Group and RIVRON 1

Riverine Group (RIVGRU 1) and Riverine Squadron 1 were both formally established May 25, 2006, under Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. The establishment brought together sailors from diverse backgrounds to begin a transformation from blue water to brown water sailors. [http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=29926 Navy NewsStand: “Riverine Force Marks One-Year Anniversary”, Story Number: NNS070607-17, date 2007-06-07] ]

Following several months of training in combat skills, SURC operations, and cultural and language skills, RIVRON 1 Advance Party deployed to Iraq on February 13, 2007, followed by RIVRON 1 Main Body deployed March 8. RIVRON 1 conducted integrated maritime combat operations with Marines, soldiers, Coalition Forces, Iraqi Army, and Iraqi Police. [http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=28208 Navy NewsStand: “Navy’s First Riverine Squadron Deploys”, Story Number: NNS070308-24, 2007-03-08] ] RIVRON 1 assumed patrol duties around Haditha Dam from the Marine Corps, who had previously been performing this task. [http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2007/April/Riverinesrehearse.htm "National Defense Magazine": “Riverines rehearse for first mission in Iraq”, 2007-04] ]


RIVRON 2 was established on February 2, 2007 and began unit-level training at with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Riverine Squadron 3, based at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown will stand up formally in early July. RIVRON 2 deployed to Iraq in October 2007, relieving RIVRON 1.


RIVRON 3 was established on July 6, 2007 at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Virginia. [http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=30481 Navy NewsStand: “NECC Establishes Riverine Squadron 3”, Story Number: NNS070710-13, date 2007-07-10] ] The unit deployed to Iraq in April 2008 relieving RIVRON 2.


*Riverine Group ONE (RIVGRU 1), Norfolk, Virginia
**Riverine Squadron ONE (RIVRON 1), Little Creek, Virginia
**Riverine Squadron TWO (RIVRON 2), Little Creek, Virginia
**Riverine Squadron THREE (RIVRON 3), Yorktown, Virginia


References and external links

* [http://www.necc.navy.mil/ Navy Expeditionary Combat Command]
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2006/060915-navy-riverboat.htm GlobalSecurity.org: “Navy getting back into the riverboat patrol business in Iraq”] (from Associated Press)
* [http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=49887&archive=true "Stars and Stripes": “Navy’s revived riverine squadron to patrol dam”, 2007-03-24]
* [http://buperscd.technology.navy.mil/bup_updt/508/milpers/1306-974.htm U.S. Navy Bureau of Personnel: Qualification requirements for the Riverine Force]
* [http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/03/ntrivron070308/ "Navy Times": “First riverine unit deploys to Iraq”, 2007-03-09]
* [http://www2.centcom.mil/sites/uscentcom2/FrontPage%20Stories/Navy%e2%80%99s%20riverine%20force%20plans%20first%20homecoming%20since%20Vietnam.aspx United States Central Command: “Navy’s riverine force plans first homecoming since Vietnam”, 2007-09-22]
* [http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/0FC7665F982509C9852573690027A99F?opendocument U.S. Marine Corps News: “Riverines combat guerrilla tactics, enforce new curfew”, 2007-10-03]

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