U.S. Navy Archives
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The ADC has been researching U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Warfare Testing Ranges since February 2009. This archive section will not be updated after December 2012.
Some of the information presented below was placed online by the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA / NMFS), the U.S. Navy. and the U.S. Air Force.
The information below is provided for your information and for any research projects.
(This section also contains maps, videos, and also an updated additional information section on Red & White Phosphorus & Depleted Uranium ).
The videos in this section have been updated through 2012, and show warfare testing in our oceans by the U.S. Navy & Air Force.
THERE IS NO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE.
Additional U.S. Navy Information may be found by clicking on the following link:
U.S. Federal Register NOAA Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals in 12 Warfare Testing Range Complexes NOV 15, 2011 FR 76-70695 : Between January 2009 and May 2011, pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), (NOAA) NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service), issued 5-year warfare testing final regulations to govern the "taking" of marine mammals in U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force in twelve warfare testing ranges. These activites include but are not limited to: Training, weapons testing, sonar use, laser use and testing, new weapons testing, and associated activities conducted in the following twelve 5-Year Navy and Air Force Training Range Complexes:
Hawaii Range Complex HRC http://www.govsupport.us/navynepahawaii/hawaiirceis.aspx
Southern Range complex (SOCAL)
Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training Range
AFAST – Active Sonar Training Range
Jacksonville Range Complex (JAX)
Virginia Capes Range Complex (VACAPES)
Cherry Point Range Complex (CHPT)
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Panama City Division (NSWC PCD)
Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC)
Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) Northern California Oregon, Washington & Idaho
Keyport Range Complex (NAVSEA NUWC)
Gulf of Mexico Range Complex (GOMEX)+ Documents:
Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area (GOA TMAA)
Additionally, in February 2009, pursuant to the MMPA, NMFS issued 5-year regulations to govern the taking of marine mammals incidental to U.S. Air Force (USAF) space vehicle and test flight activities from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB).
U.S. Navy East Coast LOA May 2008:
U.S. Navy Map of Proposed Range Expansions in the Pacific, Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico May 11, 2012 (Please note that the Hawaii-Southern California Ranges will be connected.) The Northwest Training Range Complex (Northern California-Oregon-Washington & Idaho), is being expanded to include the Gulf of Alaska. The Atlantic Fleet Range Map will include all existing U.S. Navy 5-Year Warfare Testing Ranges. (The U.S. Navy has now designated these ranges as “study areas” instead of 5-Year Warfare Testing Ranges. U.S. Navy Website:
The PDF Section Labeled with the Prefix 17A contains general information and correspondence regarding weapons testing, Letters & U.S. Congressional Correspondence, and various Navy Environmental Impacts Statements:
U.S. Navy Northwest Training Range Complex - 5 Year Warfare Testing Area - Northern California, Oregon, Washington + Idaho
NOAA "TAKE" INFORMATION ON THE NWTRC WARFARE RANGE COMPLEX
IMPORTANT CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING THE NWTRC 5-YEAR WARFARE TESTING RANGE
U.S. FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES, RULES & REGULATIONS REGARDING THE NWTRC WARFARE TESTING RANGE
PRESS RELEASES, NEWSPAPER & OTHER ARTICLES REGARDING THE NWTRC WARFARE TESTING RANGE
THE NWTRC DRAFT & FINAL EIS/OEIS PUBLIC COMMENT DOCUMENTS
THE NWTRC DRAFT EIS/OEIS DOCUMENTS FROM THE U.S. NAVY - PLEASE NOTE THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SECTION, MAPS & THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION REGARDING THE NWTRC 5-YEAR U.S. NAVY WARFARE TESTING RANGE
NWTRC INITIAL PUBLIC COMMENT INFORMATION FOR DRAFT EIS/OEIS
NWTRC - NO COMMENT
THE U.S. NAVY HAWAII RANGE 5-YEAR WARFARE TESTING RANGE INFORMATION
U.S. NAVY MAPS - DRONE & UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
U.S. EPA & NEPA INFORMATION ON THE U.S. NAVY WARFARE TESTING RANGES
U.S. NAVY GULF OF MEXICO WARFARE RANGE COMPLEX INFORMATION
MANY PEOPLE USED AS GUINEA PIGS IN WARFARE TESTS IN THE PAST
U.S. NAVY WASTE DISPOSAL, CLEANUP & HISTORICAL RESTORATION PROBLEMS
U.S. AIR FORCE POLLUTING PROBLEMS
GENERAL U.S. NAVY INFORMATION & WEAPONS SYSTEMS
U.S. NAVY & AIR FORCE JET FUELS & AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
U.S. NAVY & MARINE MAMMALS - WHAT IMPACT IS NAVY SONAR & OTHER WEAPONS TESTING HAVING ON ALL OCEANS?
U.S. NAVY LEGAL ISSUES
NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION - U.S. NAVY
NOAA - U.S. FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES, RULES & REGULATIONS
U.S. NAVY HAWAII RANGE 5-YEAR WARFARE RANGE COMPLEX
U.S. NAVY ATMOSPHERIC TESTING
U.S. NAVY LASCO RESEARCH INFORMATION
U.S. NAVY PRESS RELEASES - SUMMARIES
U.S. PATENT - FORWARD RADAR ECHO-RANGING METHOD
U.S. NAVY SHIPS & SUBMARINES - WARFARE ISSUES
U.S. NAVY FACT FILES SHIPS
U.S. NAVY NEWS STORIES
THE ROLE OF SAIC - MILITARY CONTRACTS
RED & WHITE PHOSPHORUS
U.S. NAVY & TITANIUM ISSUES (ALSO U.S. PATENTS)
U.S. NAVY & VANADIUM ISSUES
U.S. ARMY ISSUES - COLORADO & NEW MEXICO (OTHER AREAS OF THE U.S.)
U.S. MARINE ISSUES
ADDITIONAL WHITE PHOSPHORUS ISSUES - U.S. NAVY
U.S. NAVY CHERRY POINT WARFARE RANGE COMPLEX - ATLANTIC OCEAN
U.S. NAVY USWTR RECORD OF DECISION
U.S. GOVERNMENT GENERAL INFORMATION
U.S. NAVY & OTHER BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY USE DEPLETED URANIUM
THE INFORMATION YOU WILL FIND BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL HISTORICAL INFORMATION FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE REGARDING THE U.S. NAVY WARFARE TESTING RANGES.
The U.S. Navy & the U.S. Department of Commerce are Cooperating Agencies - thus, NOAA routinely writes LOAs (Letters of Authorization), to allow for the unrestricted, in most cases, "taking" of Marine Mammals in warfare testing ranges in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico.
The NOAA Definition of “Take”: “Defined under the MMPA (Marine Mammal Protection Act), as "harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect." Defined under the ESA (Endangered Species Act) as "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct…”
U.S. Navy Draft Documents + Maps - NWTRC (Northern California, Oregon, Washington & Idaho)
U.S. Navy General Infomation, Warfare Tests & Correspondence
U.S. Navy CHAFF Releases (Aluminum Coated Fiberglass Particulates) & Trimethyl Aluminun Experiments (NOAA & U.S. Air Force)
Red & White Phosphorus + Depleted Uranium & Obscurant Smoke - Miliary Uses & Releases
General Information, Documents & Correspondence
U.S. Navy Impacts on Marine Mammals & Fish During 5-Year Warfare Testing & Other "Take" Information Along with Impacts on Commercial Fishing & Tourism
U.S. Navy Experiments & Atmospheric Experiments Including (C.A.R.E.) Charged Aerosol Release Experiments (NASA Rocket Release of Aluminum Oxide Dust Cloud-2009)
Northern California (NWTRC) U.S. Navy Meetings, Correspondence, Articles & General Information
U.S. Navy Mariana Range Complex - Pacific Ocean
NRDC Lawsuit & General Information
U.S. Navy Mariana Range Complex
U.S. Navy Gulf of Mexico Range Complex (GOMEX)
Military Jet Fuels & Emissions - Also Rocket Fuel & Emissions
& General Weapons Testing Experiments
U.S. Navy - Alaska Information
U.S. Navy / U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA / NMFS) Information
U.S. Navy Public Comments Section
U.S. Navy Public & Agency Comments on Environmental Impact Statements
U.S. Navy - Sonar Issues
U.S. Navy SOCAL - Southern California Range Complex
U.S. Navy MPAR Multifunction Phased Arrary Radar
U.S. Deparment of Defense Information & Funding
U.S. Navy AFAST - Undersea Warfare Training Range Complex
U.S. Navy Hawaii Range Complex
U.S. Navy Vacapes Range Complex
Toxic Chemicals Dumped in the World's Oceans
U.S. Navy Cherry Point Warfare Testing Range
U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Range Complex
U.S. Government - Obama Administration
U.S. Navy Experiments & General Information
Red & White Phosphorus (Danger - Airborne Exposure)
The following section contains old videos and other information collected between 2009 & 2011:
U.S. Navy Researcher Links Toxins In War-Zone Dust to Ailments
USA Today News – May 11, 2011
"...U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait have inhaled microscopic dust particles laden with toxic metals, bacteria and fungi — a toxic stew that may explain everything from the undiagnosed Gulf War Syndrome symptoms lingering from the 1991 war against Iraq to high rates of respiratory, neurological and heart ailments encountered in the current wars, scientists say..."
"..."From my research and that of others, I really think this may be the smoking gun," says Navy Capt. Mark Lyles, chair of medical sciences and biotechnology at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. "It fits everything — symptoms, timing, everything."
Lyles and other researchers found that dust particles — up to 1,000 of which can sit on the head of a pin — gathered in Iraq and Kuwait contain 37 metals, including aluminum, lead, manganese, strontium and tin. The metals have been linked to neurological disorders, cancer, respiratory ailments, depression and heart disease, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers believe the metals occur both naturally and as a byproduct of pollution..."
"...The dust contains 147 different kinds of bacteria, as well as fungi that could spread disease, Lyles found. Since the wars began in Iraq in 2003 and in Afghanistan in 2001, the military has seen a 251% increase in the rate of neurological disorders per 10,000 active-duty service members, a 47% rise in the rate of respiratory issues and a 34% increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease, according to a USA TODAY analysis of military morbidity records from 2001 to 2010. Those increases have researchers seeking possible causes..."
"...Sprigg first looked at dust from Africa 10 years ago.
“I was shocked,” he says. “The current wisdom is that any bacteria or virus that might be alive, after it hits the air, it’s exposed to ultraviolet radiation and killed.”
But weather systems pick up the particles, protecting them from ultraviolet radiation with clouds, outside layers of yet more bacteria, and the sun-blocking dust itself.
“I think it can fly for hundreds of miles and not contact sunlight,” he says..."
Catherine Cahill, associate professor at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, "...called the abundance of aluminum and lead she found "our worst-case scenarios." Cahill says her research mirrors the work done by Lyles..."
"...Many had been exposed to a sulfur fire in Mosul, Iraq. They also had been exposed to burn pits — the military disposes of trash at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan by burning as much as 240 tons of it a day in open pits. All of them came through chest X-rays and CT scans with clean bills of health. The soldiers volunteered for a procedure to obtain lung cell samples, and when Miller examined the biopsies, 50 of 54 showed constrictive bronchiolitis — a rare lung disease that closes the tiniest airways..."
"...ALS affects about 1 to 2 people per 100,000 — usually men older than 55. Half the Desert Storm veterans diagnosed with ALS were younger than 25, and 98% were younger than 55.
"We know that aluminum has been associated with ALS, as well as lead," Horner says. "We were definitely interested in Lyles' work."..."
Jeremy Scahill - Escalation of Drone War Worldwide - Published on May 25, 2012 by videonation: "...The United States is on a new trajectory in warfare, says Jeremy Scahill, national security correspondent for The Nation. With its increase in drone strikes, the United States is turning away from the large-scale military interventions of the past decade and towards covert operations, beyond such known locations as Pakistan and Yemen. Check out this video to learn where else Scahill thinks these covert ops are headed..."
U.S. Plans to Arm Italy's Drones - May 29, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
"...WASHINGTON—The Obama administration plans to arm Italy's fleet of Reaper drone aircraft, a move that could open the door for sales of advanced hunter-killer drone technology to other allies, according to lawmakers and others familiar with the matter... Lawmakers who question the planned deal say the decision to "weaponize" Italy's unarmed surveillance drones could make it harder for the U.S. to deny similar capabilities to other North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, and set back efforts to urge sales limitations on other nations that make sophisticated drones such as Israel. Advocates say such sales would enable trusted allies to conduct military missions on their own as well as help open markets for U.S. drone manufacturers. The administration sent a confidential "pre-notification" to (U.S.) congressional panels in April detailing its plan to sell kits to Italy to arm up to six Reaper drones, which are larger, more-powerful versions of Predators..."
KTVU Oakland/San Francisco Channel 2 News Special Report on expansion of US Navy Warfare Training Programs-May 31, 2009
The following TV program discussing the U.S. Navy Warfare Testing which is proposed in the NWTRC Environemtnal Impact Statement. The Humboldt County, California Board of Supervisors took action on this issue at their meeting on October 19, 2010. This Channel 3 News report is a good one to watch as it tells the story and also expresses the feelings of many residents of this county.
Rosalind Peterson Speaks Out at Rally to Stop Navy Warfare Testing Program-Along with Other Demonstrators like Susan Nutter (OPC), and Meredith Smith (Mendocino Cafe).
May 8, 2009: Rosalind Peterson attended the rally in Fort Bragg, CA in front of U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson's Office. Demonstrators Presented Congressman Thompson with petitions from throughout California, and other states, protesting the expansion of the Navy Warfare Testing Program in the Pacific Ocean and the "taking" or killing of 11.7 million marine mammals during this 5-Year testing program. Sonar and bomb blast will begin off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California in 2010 or 2011 if no action is taken. The Agriculture Defense Coalition thanks everyone involved in this effort over the past 18 months.
Meredith Smith, Mendocino Cafe owner, has been engaged in stopping these Navy warfare testing plans since February 2009. She traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby members of the U.S. Congress against this Navy assault on our ocean environment and human health. She has worked tirelessly on this issue and has spearheaded grassroots mailings, other campaigns, and demonstrations against these experimental programs to protect our marine mammals, the fishing and tourism industry, and our threats to public health and our environment. (Mendocino County, California)
Susan Nutter and the Mendocino County Ocean Protection Coalition have also been engaged in working to stop these redundant and unnecessary warfare testing programs. Susan and the OPC has initiated demonstrations, petition drives, working groups, and other actions to bring about public awareness and opposition to these U.S. Navy Warfare Testing plans not only the Pacific Ocean but for those in the Atlantic, and in the Gulf of Mexico. Without the support of the Mendocino County Ocean Protection Coalition and members like Susan Nutter few people would have known what was happening in our oceans and have initiated actions to protect those areas. (Mendocino County, California)
The issue was covered by KTVU Channel 2 News:
Non-professional YouTube video of the rally:
Rumor Mill Radio -
Rosalind Peterson talks about the Navy Warfare Testing Program ...that Kills marine life. On Rumor Mill Radio April 2, 2009.
KTVU Channel 2 News reports on expansion of US Navy Warfare Training Program
Lethal Sounds - "Deafeningly loud sonar is a proven danger to marine life and its use throughout the world's ocean is spreading. This powerful NRDC movie, 'Lethal Sounds' makes it plain what sonar does to whales caught within its range, and explains how whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals should and can be protected from deadly sonar activities." NRDC. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
US Navy vs Nature posters. Click on image for full version, click here for pdf-version (5.8MB) for printing.
Navy’s Electromagnetic Plane Launch | Danger Room | Wired.com December 23, 2010
This video is in three parts. You can jog the video forward to the end, which will automatically start the next part.
U.S. Navy - Environmental Issue
The Phalanx Close-in Weapon System. (Credit: Raytheon) July 21, 2010
(PhysOrg.com) -- An infrared laser developed by Arizona company Raytheon Missile Systems has been demonstrated shooting down incoming drones over the ocean off the coast of California. "...The two video of the demonstrations, taken at an off-shore US Navy test range 120 km west of Los Angeles, was released on July 19th, 2010, at the biennial International Air Show at Farnborough in the UK. The 32-kilowatt solid-state laser was mounted on a warship gun turret and was shown blasting a remotely piloted unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) until it caught fire, lost control, and plummeted into the sea. In all, four UAVs were shot down in the seagoing tests..."
U.S. Navy/NASA (CARE) Charged Aerosol Release Experiment - NASA Brandt Rocket Launch
September 19, 2009 - Aluminum Oxide Dust Cloud Released Over the East Coast of the United States.
U.S. Navy & Aegis Missile Defense Video May 11, 2012
Huffington Post News
Washington, DC - Monday, May 21, 2012 - C-SPAN Video "...U.S. Navy Undersecretary Robert Work outlined the future of the Navy’s surface combat fleet Monday at the Cato Institute in Washington. He discussed the current budgetary constraints and increasing the use of the littoral combat ship, a small surface vessel designed for combat operations close to shore. Additional panelists included Eric Labs, Congressional Budget Office senior analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons; Ben Freeman, Project on Government Oversight national security fellow; and Christopher Preble, Cato Institute vice president for defense and foreign policy studies..."
"Video Uploaded by airboyd on Oct 30, 2010 - Courtesy Video: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Chaff & Flares Releases
Committee Debates Law of the Sea Treaty
Washington, DC - Thursday, June 14, 2012 - C-SPAN - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee heard from top government officials about the Law of the Sea Convention, a United Nations (UN) treaty governing international waterways. The U.S. is the only major country that has not ratified the treaty. The morning hearing focused on the perspective of the U.S. military. Witnesses included Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operation; and several top naval commanders.
The afternoon hearing examined how the law will drive related U.S. policy. Former defense officials provided a historic interpretation along with a forward-minded approach to implementing the law. Witnesses included former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte; former legal adviser for the State Department John Bellinger III; and Heritage Foundation policy expert Steven Groves. In May, the same committee heard from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Both called for the U.S. participate with other nations and cited national security, job creation and oil exploration as reasons to join the treaty. Committee Chair John Kerry (D-MA) has said that he won’t bring up the treaty for a Senate vote until after the election, to avoid politicizing the issue.
Twenty-six Republican senators say they oppose signing the treaty because it would undermine U.S. sovereignty. They argue that it will restrict military movements and limit the ability of the U.S. to gather intelligence within its territorial waters. Not including the U.S., the Law of the Sea Convention has been endorsed by 161 countries and the European Union. The treaty was adopted by the U.N in July 1994 and signed by President Clinton, subject to ratification.
Navy Sonar & Environmental Stewardship Video Uploaded by NavyEnergyEnviro on Jan 24, 2012 "...Marine mammals rely on underwater sound to survive. Similarly, the U.S. Navy depends on sonar for defending our ships at sea. To continue its mission and protect marine mammals, the Navy has studied the potential effects of its sonar activities and developed protective measures to minimize potential impacts to marine mammals. In addition, the Navy is a major funder of marine mammal research. Scientists like Dr. Darlene Ketten at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conduct groundbreaking research to better understand how marine mammals hear and how they may be affected by manmade sound. By integrating environmental stewardship and modern science, the Navy is committed to using sonar responsibly and furthering the world's understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants as we carry out our national security mission..."
(Note: U.S. Navy Mitigation Measures are only effective 9% of the time. Note that the U.S. Navy, in funding research projects, may have a conflict of interest problem and also may be able to withhold information or influence testing results due to their funding of marine mammal studies.)
Weather Modification and Tornado Mitigation by Electromagnetic Satellite Beam
July 13, 2012