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VIRGINIA BEACH They're fast, highly maneuverable and on the Navy's front line of maritime security.

A new command, the Coastal Riverine Force, will activate June 1 with the merger of Riverine Group 1 and the Maritime Expeditionary Security Force.

Capt. James C. Hamblet, commodore of Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 2 said, 'Although Coastal Riverine Force will predominantly perform force protection type missions, when required it will be capable of conducting offensive operations which will enhance mission effectiveness throughout the force.'

Capable of conducting 24-hour operations, CORIVFOR will provide port and harbor security, offshore protection for maritime infrastructure and Military Sealift Command ships operating in coastal waterways. When necessary, some elements will provide offensive combat capabilities.

CORIVFOR will be comprised of two Echelon IV groups. Coastal Riverine Group 1 will be homeported in Imperial Beach, Calif. with squadrons located in San Diego at the Naval Amphibious Base.

CORIVGRU 2 will be homeported in Portsmouth with active squadrons located at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Va, Beach, a forward deployed detachment in Bahrain, and reserve squadrons located in Newport, R.I. and Jacksonville, Fla.

The force should reach initial operations in October and reach full operational capability in October 2014.

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