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NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy — Personnel with Commander, Navy Region Europe are closing up shop in London and moving to Naples by the end of the summer.

Shortly after CNRE was established in Naples in 2001, some personnel started moving to London to be located with Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, to which CNRE reports. In October, however, CNRE started reporting to Commander, Navy Installations, based in Washington, D.C.

“What makes more sense at this point in time is for CNRE to be more centrally located within the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carla McCarthy, CNRE spokeswoman. “And Naples is definitely more cost-effective than London.”

Nine installations from Keflavik, Iceland, to Souda Bay, Crete, naval hospitals, dental centers and various naval support elements report to CNRE.

In looking for ways to conduct regional business more efficiently, Rear Adm. Lewis W. Crenshaw Jr., the Commander, Navy Region Europe, decided to consolidate the CNRE staff in Naples. CNI approved the move.

The move involves about 20 people, who will join about 25 other CNRE personnel already here.

McCarthy said the CNRE move is unrelated to transformation of naval forces in Europe, which still is being evaluated.

The incoming personnel will work at Capodichino in ADMIN III. Others may work at other installations pending the results of ongoing studies, McCarthy said.

To accommodate the new personnel, some commands have given up spaces such as conference rooms. About 30 people have had to move to new offices, said Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Braun, base spokeswoman.

About 1,100 personnel, most of whom work for CNRE and Commander, U.S. Naval Activities United Kingdom, will still be based at a half dozen facilities in London, said John Szakas, administrative officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Activities United Kingdom.

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