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Training and Testing Ranges

What are Ranges?
Ranges are locations where Navy personnel train and test to accomplish their mission of national defense. A range complex is an organized and designated geographic area used by the Navy to conduct necessary activities and training and testing exercises. Having designated ranges allows our military to train and test to perform required exercises against simulated threats in an environment that is safe and controlled for Sailors and other range users. Ensuring sustained use of Navy ranges, operating areas (OPAREAs), and airspace is a growing challenge as encroachment from various sources limits and sometimes restricts their use. Navy personnel require access to continued, consistent, and realistic training and testing opportunities using ever-advancing technologies to defend our country.

Northeast Range Complexes
The three range complexes of Boston Range Complex, Narragansett Bay Range Complex, and Atlantic City Range Complex are collectively referred to as the Northeast Range Complexes. These range complexes span 761 miles (mi.) (1,225 km) along the coast from Maine to New Jersey. The Northeast Range Complexes include special use airspace with associated warning areas and surface and subsurface sea space of the Boston OPAREA, Narragansett Bay OPAREA, and Atlantic City OPAREA. For purposes of this EIS/OEIS, the CGULL OPAREA is considered part of the Northeast Range Complexes and includes 22,525 nm2 of sea space.

Virginia Capes Range Complex
The Virginia Capes (VACAPES) Range Complex spans 270 mi. (434.5 km) along the coast from Delaware to North Carolina from the shoreline to 155 nm seaward. The VACAPES Range Complex includes special use airspace with associated warning and restricted areas, and surface and subsurface sea space of the VACAPES OPAREA. The VACAPES Range Complex also includes established mine warfare training areas located within the lower Chesapeake Bay and off the coast of Virginia. 

Navy Cherry Point Range Complex
The Navy Cherry Point Range Complex, off the coast of North Carolina, encompasses the sea space from the shoreline to 120 nm seaward. The Navy Cherry Point Range Complex includes special use airspace with associated warning areas and surface and subsurface sea space of the Cherry Point OPAREA. The Navy Cherry Point Range Complex is adjacent to the U.S. Marine Corps Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune Range Complexes associated with Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Jacksonville Range Complex
The Jacksonville (JAX) Range Complex spans 520 mi. along the coast from North Carolina to Florida from the shoreline to 250 nm seaward. The JAX Range Complex includes special use airspace with associated warning areas and surface and subsurface sea space of the Charleston and JAX OPAREAs. The Undersea Warfare Training Range is located within the JAX Range Complex.

Key West Range Complex
The Key West Range Complex lies off the southwestern coast of mainland Florida and along the southern Florida Keys, extending seaward into the Gulf of Mexico 150 nm and south into the Straits of Florida 60 nm. The Key West Range Complex includes special use airspace with associated warning areas and surface and subsurface sea space of the Key West OPAREA.

Gulf of Mexico Range Complex
The Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) Range Complex contains four separate OPAREAs: Panama City, Pensacola, New Orleans, and Corpus Christi. The OPAREAs within the GOMEX Range Complex are not contiguous but are scattered throughout the Gulf of Mexico unlike the previously described range complexes. The GOMEX Range Complex includes special use airspace with associated warning areas and restricted airspace, and surface and subsurface sea space of the Panama City, Pensacola, New Orleans, and Corpus Christi OPAREAs.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport Testing Range
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport Testing Range includes the waters of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound, and Long Island Sound. Three restricted areas are located within the area of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport Testing Range: Coddington Cove restricted area, adjacent to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport; Narragansett Bay Restricted Area (6.1 nm2 area surrounding Gould Island) including the Hole Test Area, and the North Test Range; and Rhode Island Sound Restricted Area, a rectangular box (27.2 nm2) located in Rhode Island and Block Island Sounds.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division Testing Range
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division Testing Range is located off the panhandle of Florida and Alabama, extending from the shoreline to 120 nm seaward, and includes St. Andrew Bay. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division Testing Range also includes special use airspace and offshore surface and subsurface waters of offshore OPAREAs.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility Testing Range
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division operates the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility Testing Range, an offshore testing area in support of various Navy and non-Navy programs. The South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility Testing Range is located adjacent to the Port Everglades entrance channel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The test area at South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility Testing Range includes an extensive cable field located within a restricted anchorage area, and two designated submarine operating areas.


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