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Navy lab moving to NBK-Bangor

Navy personnel from three locations are consolidating and relocating to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Belfair) recently received approval from a congressional appropriations panel to relocate the Navy’s research laboratory on Fox Island to NBK-Bangor. Various Navy research components currently housed at Bangor and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard also are being consolidated and will work in the new lab with the Fox Island group.

“There will not be an enormous number of new people (relocating to Bangor), but there will be some new people,” said George Behan, spokesman for Dicks.

The consolidation and relocation preceeds a plan to refurbish the existing pier on the island. The research laboratory conducts research, development, testing and evaluation projects for the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program. The consolidation and relocation will cost approximately $18 million and will be funded by the Military Construction Appropriations bill. The consolidation and relocation is expected to take place after Oct. 1, when funds become available.

“This consolidation will allow us to save money by bringing together several other elements of the same research function — operated by the Navy’s Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, Md. — to a new facility at Bangor that can be designed and constructed consistent with existing Navy operations at the sub base,” Dicks said.

“(Dicks) was delighted to work with the Navy,” Behan said.

According to Dicks, other elements of the Military Construction Appropriations bill that were approved for the next fiscal year include:

• A new $34.13 million Bachelor Enlisted Quarters for shipboard personnel at Naval Station Bremerton.

• $35.77 million to build a production and storage complex at Bangor.

• $20.31 million for a carrier maintenance complex at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

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