Navy Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Home Basing of V-22 Osprey Aircraft at NASNI

The Navy has prepared and released to the public a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) proposing to provide facilities and functions to support the replacement of the aging C-2A Greyhound aircraft with the new CMV-22B Osprey (Navy V-22) aircraft at existing West and East Coast Fleet Logistics Centers, Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The Navy will hold two public meetings to provide information and solicit comments on the Draft EA.

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 27, 2012) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Providers of Fleet Logistics Combat Squadron (VRC) 30 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis is in transit to San Diego for fleet replenishment carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nolan Kahn/Released)
C-2A Greyhound. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nolan Kahn/Released

The C-2A was commissioned in the 1960s, refurbished in 1973 and again in 2010. It has reached the end of its service life, and must be replaced.

The purpose of the proposed action is to provide facilities and functions needed to support the replacement of the fixed-wing C-2A aircraft with the Navy V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft to meet operational demands and enhance the Navy’s logistics support mission. Navy V-22 aircraft will deliver personnel, mail and cargo to/from aircraft carriers from land-based supply centers in Norfolk and San Diego.

LEYTE GULF (Nov. 22 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Jennifer L. Confer, from Buffalo, N.Y., directs a V-22 Osprey as it lifts off from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). This is the first-ever launch of an Osprey from the ship. Ashland is off the coast of the Philippines assisting in Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Allen Onstott/Released)
V-22 Osprey. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Allen Onstott/Released)

The Draft EA summarizes the environmental effects of the proposed action, which includes replacing 27 legacy C-2A aircraft operated by existing fleet logistics support squadrons with 38 Navy V-22 aircraft operated by fleet logistics support multi-mission squadrons; establishing a Navy V-22 training squadron for pilots and aircrews; establishing a maintenance school; constructing, renovating, and maintaining facilities to accommodate squadron aircraft and personnel; making adjustments to personnel levels associated with the Navy V-22 training squadron and maintenance school; and conducting Navy V-22 flight operations.

Based upon the analysis in the EA, the introduction of the Navy V-22 is expected to have only minor impacts on the environment and local community.

The public meetings will be conducted using an open house format with information displays and materials available for public review. There will be no formal presentation. Navy staff will be present to answer general questions on the proposed transition and the Draft EA.
Interested members of the public may arrive anytime during the duration of the open house. The Coronado public meetings will be held:
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Coronado Community Center
1845 Strand Way, Coronado  92118
The Draft EA is available for public review at the following website: http://www.aftteis.com/navy-v-22.
Printed and electronic copies of the Draft EA may be reviewed at the following libraries:
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue, Coronado
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego
Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library
3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego
Imperial Beach Branch Library
810 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach
Public input is an important part of this process, and the Navy encourages interested member of the public to review the document and provide comment. Comments on the Draft EA may be submitted at the meeting, using the public website (http://www.aftteis.com/navy-v-22) or at any time during the 30-day public comment period from January 4 through February 5, 2018, via U.S. mail, postmarked by February 5, to the following address:
Navy V-22 EA Project Manager (Code EV21JB)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic Division
6506 Hampton Boulevard navy
Norfolk, Virginia 23508

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here. In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym and walking her dog around the “island”.

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