Navy extends underwater ranges

July 8, 2011 - via The Kitsap Sun

KEYPORT — The Navy announced Thursday it will extend three underwater ranges that Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport uses for testing autonomous undersea vehicles. They are the Keyport Range, Dabob Bay Range Complex and Quinault Underwater Tracking Range.

Keyport Range, which includes portions of Liberty Bay and Port Orchard Narrows, will be enlarged from 1.5 to 3.2 square nautical miles. Its use will be increased from 55 days per year to 60.

Dabob Bay Range Complex, in Dabob Bay between Toandos Peninsula and Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, will be increased from 32.7 square nautical miles to 45.7, giving the Navy a straight run of 27.5 nautical miles for unmanned undersea vehicles. Activity will remain at 200 days per year.

Quinault Underwater Tracking Range will become 1,839.8 square nautical miles. It will be extended shoreward to include one mile of the Pacific Beach shoreline. Activity will increase from 14 to 16 days per year in deep water, and up to 30 days per year for the surf zone.

The NAVSEA NUWC Keyport Range Complex Extension Record of Decision and EIS/OEIS documents are posted at Copies of it are also available for viewing at libraries in Bremerton, Belfair, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Port Hadlock and Port Townsend. To request a printed copy, write to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale, WA 98315-1101, Attn: Kimberly Kler, NAVSEA NUWC Keyport Range Complex Extension EIS Project Manager.

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