When Admiral Vern Clark became Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in July 2000, he set forth his five priorities: manpower, current readiness, future readiness, quality of service, and Navy-wide alignment. In August 2001, the CNO took the next step in his series of alignment initiatives designed to unify and standardize fleet practices. In a message on Navy alignment to all commanders, commanding officers and officers-in-charge, he announced that, as of 1 October, the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, would assume the concurrent duties of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (CFFC). U.S. Fleet Forces Command will be responsible for coordinating, establishing, and implementing integrated requirements and policies for manning, equipping and training Atlantic and Pacific Fleet units during the interdeployment training cycle.
New U.S. Fleet Forces Command
By Rear Admiral Paul J. Ryan, U.S. Navy