The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) changed its name to Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command on Nov. 3.
The service said this change aims to “to more accurately reflect its well-established nature and mission as the naval shore facilities, base operating support, and expeditionary engineering systems command that delivers life-cycle technical and acquisition solutions aligned to Fleet and Marine Corps priorities.”
The Navy explained NAVFAC is both aligned with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) as the Navy and Marine Corps’ real estate acquisition, management and disposal authority but the command also aligns with Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition) as the service’s acquisition and technical authority for construction and facilities engineering programs, developing, procuring, and sustaining shore facilities and environmental solutions.
“This change better reflects the full spectrum of critical work that NAVFAC does to enable warfighter lethality, and it helps current and potential future supported activities understand the technical and procurement authority assigned to NAVFAC,” Rear Adm. John Korka, commander of NAVFAC and chief of Civil Engineers, said in a statement.
“In addition, this name change brings NAVFAC in line with the naming convention of other Navy systems commands, including Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Marine Corps Systems Command, and their associated warfare centers and field activities,” he added.
The name change was effective Nov. 3 via an official announcement to command leadership and is being implemented across the enterprise.
The Navy said NAVFAC is the oldest system command, originally established as the Bureau of Yards and Docks in August 1842 when it supported seven ship repair yards, four ordnance magazines and five naval stations. The Bureau was reorganized as NAVFAC in the 1966 reorganization of the Navy.