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Navy establishes four-star panel to oversee surface fleet reforms

By Justin Katz  
February 7, 2018 at 2:07 PM

The Navy has established a four-star-level panel of admirals and senior executives to oversee the implementation of the service's strategic reviews that followed high-profile surface fleet collisions in U.S. 7th Fleet last summer.

"The purpose of the Readiness and Reform Oversight Council (RROC) is to oversee and ensure the implementation of Strategic Readiness Review (SRR) and Comprehensive Review recommendations," according to a charter signed Jan. 30 by Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran.

Modly and Moran will co-chair the panel that also includes Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S Fleet Forces, Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet and the director of the Strategic Readiness Review office. The panel will report to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

The charter also established two lower-level groups that are overseen by the RROC. The Readiness Reform Steering Group and Readiness Reform Working Groups will collectively approve implementation plans, prepare periodic assessments for Congress and monitor the progress of accomplishing recommended changes.

The charter mandates the RROC provide quarterly updates to Congress on its progress beginning 90 days from Jan. 18.