This is our last in a series of posts this week about some of AFRICOM’s component commands. Component commands are the building blocks of a joint command like AFRICOM, which draws from all services and military specialties. Previously this week, we introduced you to U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), U.S. Air Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Our other component command is Special Operations Command Africa. Today we introduce you to U.S. Naval Forces Africa and U.S. Marine Forces Africa.
Location: Naval Forces Africa is part of Naval Forces Europe and the U.S. Sixth Fleet located in Naples, Italy. Marine Forces Africa is located at Panzer Kaserne in Stuttgart, Germany.
Staff: Since NAVAF is part of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet, there are no firm numbers for personnel that work specifically with AFRICOM. The Naval Forces Europe headquarters includes about 620 personnel. Marine Forces Africa includes approximately 400 people.
AOR: The NAVEUR/NAVAF area of responsibility covers more than 20 million nautical miles of ocean and includes Russsia, Europe and most of Africa. MARFORAF operates on and around the continent of Africa.
African partnerships: NAVEUR/NAVAF conducts Africa Partnership Station, which involves ship visits and training across Africa. Marine Forces Africa will embark next week on Africa Lion in Morocco, the largest bilateral training exercise on the continent.