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Navy Europe Transformation Takes Next Step
By European Command II,6th Fleet Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy, July 8, 2005 – Naval Special Warfare Training Unit 10, homeported in Rota, Spain, will be disestablished July 25, 2005.

The disestablishment is aligned with the Navy’s ongoing transformation of forces in Europe and represents a major effort to match force structure with current and projected operations in this theater while organizing to accomplish missions effectively and meet emerging threats. The shift will not diminish special operations capabilities in the European theater.

Presently, NSWU-2, located in Stuttgart, Germany, and NSWU-10 make the European Command the only geographic combatant command with two assigned Naval Special Warfare Units. NSWU-2 remains fully operational as an asset of Special Operations Command Europe.

NSWU-10 was established in October 1994 to provide operational control of Naval Special Warfare Squadrons comprising SEAL Platoons, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Task Units, and Special Boat Team detachments deployed to the European Command theater. NSWU-10 provided exercise, contingency and engagement support for the strategies and objectives of Special Operations Command Europe.

NSWU-10 also served as Commander of Task Force 64, U.S. 6th Fleet’s executive agent on all naval special warfare matters, and provided tasked organized elements including battle staff augmentation from the unit in support of both COMSOCEUR and COMSIXTHFLT.

The disestablishment will move 45 personnel and their families from Rota, amounting to less than 2 percent reduction in the overall base population. It is not expected to result in any changes to base support services.

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