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EIS/OEIS Background

The Navy is in the beginning stages of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) for Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) activities in the seaspace in and the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern coast of North America, portions of the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.  The Navy has conducted previous analyses for these types of activities in the AFTT Study Area and signed a Record of Decision in November of 2013. This new AFTT EIS/OEIS will analyze the continuation of military readiness activities in the AFTT Study Area into the reasonably foreseeable future.  

In order to achieve and maintain military readiness, the Navy proposes to:

  • Conduct training and testing activities at levels required to support Navy military readiness requirements beginning in November 2018 into the reasonably foreseeable future; and
  • Accommodate evolving mission requirements associated with force structure changes, including those 3 resulting from the development, testing, and ultimate introduction of new platforms (vessels, aircraft, and weapon systems) into the fleet; thereby ensuring critical Navy requirements are met.  

Atlantic Fleet Training & Testing Study Area

The Study Area consists of seaspace in and airspace over the Atlantic Ocean along the eastern coast of North America, portions of the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. The AFTT Study Area begins seaward from the mean high water line and moves east to the 45-degree west longitude line, north to the 65-degree north latitude line, and south to the approximately 20-degree north latitude line. The Study Area covers approximately 2.6 million square nautical miles. The Study Area includes:

  • At-sea areas of the Northeast, Virginia Capes, Navy Cherry Point, Jacksonville, Key West, and Gulf of Mexico Range Complexes
  • The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division- Newport, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility, and Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division Testing Ranges
  • Narragansett Bay, the lower Chesapeake Bay, and St. Andrew Bay
  • Ports for civilian port defense training events in the following locations:
    • Earle, New Jersey
    • Groton, Connecticut
    • Norfolk, Virginia
    • Morehead City, North Carolina
    • Wilmington, North Carolina
    • Kings Bay, Georgia
    • Mayport, Florida
    • Beaumont, Texas
    • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Areas on the high seas, outside of designated Navy ranges, where training and testing may occur
  • Select Navy pierside locations

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