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Navy Names Virginia Class Submarine USS John Warner

January 19, 2009

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The Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter announced Jan. 8 that the next Virginia-class attack submarine will be named in honor of recently retired U.S Sen. John Warner of Virginia. Warner retired Jan. 3, 2009 after 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

“Senator Warner has served his country for over 63 years and has been an unwavering advocate of the men and women of our nation’s armed forces. It gives me great pleasure to be able to honor him in this manner and I thank him for his support and mentorship,” said Winter.

The USS John Warner, designated SSN 785, honors Warner’s lifetime of service to the nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Warner’s career in public service began in January 1945, the last year of World War II, when he enlisted at the age of 17 in the U.S. Navy, where he earned the rank of petty officer third class.

In the Fall of 1949, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve. At the outbreak of the Korean War in October 1950, he volunteered for active duty and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps and served with the 1st Marine Air Wing as a ground communications officer in Korea. He continued his affiliation with the Marine Corps Reserve, reaching the rank of captain.

In February 1969, he was appointed and confirmed by the Senate as under secretary of the Navy, and succeeded Secretary John Chafee as the 61st secretary of the Navy in 1972 following Senate confirmation during the height of the war in Vietnam. During this period, Warner was designated as chief negotiator for the conference between the U.S. and Soviet navies which led to the Incidents at Sea Agreement which is still in effect today between the U.S. and Russian navies.

Entering politics in 1978, he was elected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. Senate. He served five consecutive terms becoming the second longest serving U.S. senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 218-year history of the Senate. During his 30 years of service in the Senate, Warner was a leader in national defense issues serving continuously on the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He held leadership roles as chairman or ranking member for half of his tenure on this committee and also served many years on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

In this capacity, and throughout his career, he has shown unwavering support for the men and women of the armed forces, and has been a champion of modernizing the structure and operations of the military to ensure its effectiveness in the 21st century.

This next-generation attack submarine will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. It will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.

USS John Warner will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. It is also designed for special forces delivery and support, a subject Warner worked on throughout his career in the U.S. Senate.

The Virginia-class is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship – reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

The USS John Warner will be built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., in partnership with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corporation. Warner was instrumental in developing this construction teaming arrangement concept which was later codified into law. (NNS)

Navy Announces Decision on Mayport Homebasing

January 15, 2009

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Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations & Environment, B.J. Penn, signed a Record of Decision for the Mayport Homeporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Jan. 14.

The Navy’s decision is to implement the preferred alternative, which is to homeport a single nuclear powered aircraft carrier (CVN) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, and to complete associated infrastructure modifications. These include dredging, infrastructure and wharf improvements, and construction of CVN nuclear propulsion plant maintenance facilities.

“We have studied this issue very carefully and considered multiple factors,” said Donald C. Winter, Secretary of the Navy. “This allows the Navy to obtain the benefits of fleet dispersal without negatively impacting our carrier capability or operations. Homeporting a carrier in Mayport best supports the Navy’s mission and safeguards our nation’s security needs.”

Homeporting a CVN at NAVSTA Mayport reduces risks to fleet resources in the event of natural disaster, manmade calamity, or attack by foreign nations or terrorists. This includes risk to aircraft carriers, industrial support facilities, and the people that operate and maintain these crucial assets.

Mayport allows for advantages of fleet dispersal and survivability without impacting operational availability. On the West Coast, the fleet accepted some reduced operational availability associated with homeport dispersal. Ships lose operational availability during the additional transit time required to reach operational and training areas from the Pacific Northwest.

By establishing a second CVN homeport on the East Coast, the Navy gains the dispersal advantage without the increased transit time. The proximity to training areas and transit time to operating areas is about equal from Norfolk and Mayport.

West Coast CVN homeports and maintenance facilities are not viable options in planning for Atlantic Fleet CVN assets in the event a catastrophic event occurs in the Hampton Roads area. The nuclear powered aircraft carriers are too large to transit the Panama Canal, requiring a 12,700 nautical mile voyage around South America to reach the closest CVN homeport on the West Coast at NAVSTA San Diego.

The EIS examined potential environmental consequences of constructing and operating facilities and infrastructure associated with homeporting additional surface ships at NAVSTA Mayport. It assessed 13 alternatives, including a “no action” alternative. The EIS evaluated resources in the Mayport area that may be affected by the proposed action, such as air and water quality, biological resources (such as marine mammals and threatened and endangered species), land use, cultural resources, and socioeconomics. The EIS also accounted for cumulative impacts from other activities in the Mayport area.

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Hampton Roads Boaters Ignore Naval Vessel Protection Zone

December 13, 2008
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The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters in the Hampton Roads area to familiarize themselves with the federal regulations governing the security zone surrounding all naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

Recently boaters have been approaching naval vessels too closely within the Port of Hampton Roads. Protecting naval vessels from sabotage and terrorist acts is one of the country’s and the Coast Guard’s highest priorities.  For this reason, Congress mandated a 500-yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone to be established around all U.S. naval vessels more than 100 feet in length.

When within 500 yards of a naval vessel, all boaters, both commercial and recreational, shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course.  In addition, boaters must comply with all direction given by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel inside the 500-yard zone.  No vessel or person may approach within 100 yards of the naval vessel unless authorized by the Coast Guard or the naval vessel.
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US & Partners Initiate NATO Training Federation

December 5, 2008
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NATO and U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) officials recently completed the first use of a new jointly-developed Alliance modeling and simulation (M&S) training capability in Suffolk, Virginia.

Exercise Steadfast Joiner was a computer-assisted command post exercise to train and evaluate NATO’s Response Force (NRF) 12 and showcased the first use of the Joint Multi-Resolution Model (JMRM) Federation, NATO’s constructive simulation training capability and a central component in the NATO Training Federation (NTF).

Army Lt. Col. John Janiszewski, chief, USJFCOM Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) Technical Development and Innovation Branch, said USJFCOM assisted NATO with the development of the critical M&S capability. 

“Project Snow Leopard is NATO’s initiative to develop a distributed network linking NATO organizations, nations, and partners in order to enhance distributed training, education, and experimentation,” said Janiszewski.  “Over a two year period our team worked closely with NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and the Joint Warfare Centr to develop, test and field this training capability. 

“The Steadfast Joiner exercise is a major milestone for NATO and its 26 member nations that validated the NATO Training Federation as a viable training tool for NATO,” said Janiszewski.

He explained that the JMRM is a modeling and simulation federation consisting of two models, the Joint Theater Level Simulation (JTLS) and the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS).  This federation allows an organization to train from the operational level of war down to the tactical level of war.

USJFCOM’s Joint Warfighting Center manages both models and used them in the past to train U.S. forces.

“NATO was exercising a unit using fictional scenario. The units develop plans that were then input into the simulation,” Janiszewski said. “The simulation replicated the interaction or conflict between NATO forces, civilians and opposing forces.  The simulation then provided the results of the interaction to the training audience.”

He said using the NTF enables NATO to train their forces more effectively before deploying to a theater of operations like Afghanistan.

“This gives them a means into which they can certify forces as being ready to execute their warfighting mission,” he said.

According to Janiszewski, USJFCOM will continue working with NATO to enhance and refine the NTF.

Governor Kaine Announces Approval of Fort Monroe Reuse Plan

August 21, 2008
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Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that he has approved the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority’s (FMFADA) plan for reuse of the Fort Monroe property when the U.S. Army vacates the base in September 2011. The FMFADA has created a plan that protects the property’s historic character, maintains full public access, creates a large-scale park, and calls for adaptive reuse of existing buildings and allows new development within strict guidelines.

“I am pleased with the work of the FMFADA over the past 18 months to create a plan for Fort Monroe that ensures this spectacular and historic property will be enjoyed by many generations to come,” Governor Kaine said. “I also am pleased that the process to create the reuse plan has included many community and regional leaders, experts in historic preservation and economic development, the City of Hampton, and the National Park Service.”

The Fort Monroe property will revert to state ownership as a result of the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s 2005 decision to close the nearly 200-year-old Army installation.

The Governor is required by law to approve the FMFADA’s reuse plan before it can be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Defense. The FMFADA will now submit the plan by September 30, 2008 to the Department of Defense.

With the reuse plan approved, the 18-member FMFADA will continue working with the Army, community leaders, and the City of Hampton to prepare to implement the plan upon the Army’s departure in three years.

Fort Monroe was first established as an Army installation in 1819. It was established as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The property’s 570 acres include 40 acres of wetlands, 13 acres of beaches, and 20 acres of recreational areas. There are approximately 150 structures, including roughly 300 housing units, and some 1.5 million square feet of non-residential space. There also is a 332-slip marina.

More information on the fort, including the reuse plan, is available online at