Friday, October 07, 2005

NSG 73

The US Navy's Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU) has been disestablished. On 30 September 2005, the NSG's personnel and assets were "aligned" under Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM). The former NAVSECGRU is now NETWARCOM’s Information Operations Directorate.

As part of the realignment, NSG’s subordinate commands and detachments worldwide will be renamed either Navy Information Operations Commands (NIOC) or Navy Information Operations Detachments (NIOD).

Of the four Service Cryptologic Elements, NSG was for many years the organization with which Canada's SIGINT organizations worked the most closely. Many NSG personnel (typically 25 at a time) have served at Canadian SIGINT stations and a comparable number of Canadian personnel have served at NSG stations through the CF/USN Personnel Exchange Program.

According to Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs, "Through the alignment, NETWARCOM will now be able to provide an integrated and responsive team of IO and network professionals to deliver information-age solutions for the fleet and joint commander in the maritime domain." Maybe the NSG's codebreakers will let us know what that's supposed to mean.

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