With the standing up of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Navy fleets on both coasts will be able to draw on a single organization to achieve standard training, tactics, and procedures, and to operate seamlessly around the world.
When Admiral Vern Clark became Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in July 2000, he informed the fleet of his top five priorities: manpower; current readiness; future readiness; quality of service; and Navy-wide alignment. In regard to alignment, the CNO wanted to ensure that Navy organizations, systems, and processes were focused on delivering warfighting readiness. He quickly aligned the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OpNav) staff by establishing a Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (N7) and moving the warfare sponsors into the new organization. N4's title was changed from Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Logistics, to Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, and he was designated as the advocate for fleet readiness requirements.