May 26, 2007
Feinstein objects to plan to move command east
She says it should stay with SEALs
By Paul M. Krawzak
Feinstein has taken aim at the Bush administration's proposal to
move the headquarters of the Naval Special Warfare Command from
Coronado to Virginia.
D-Calif., stated her objections in a Wednesday letter to Defense
Secretary Robert Gates. The note was made public yesterday.
whether this move . . . will significantly improve the (command's)
ability to train and deploy Navy SEALs,” Feinstein wrote.
official first disclosed the relocation plan during a
congressional hearing earlier this year. More than 2,500 people
work for the command at Coronado Naval Amphibious Base, which is
situated on the Silver Strand south of Coronado.
The shift to
Little Creek would take place in 2010 or 2011. The command
oversees the Navy's underwater-demolition and SEAL teams, which
would remain in Coronado.
said she was especially “troubled” because the intended relocation
was not recommended during the Pentagon's most recent round of
military base closings and realignments. She also expressed
skepticism about moving the headquarters away from the main
training area for Navy SEALs.
sense that the Naval Special Warfare Command headquarters should
be co-located with their primary training activities like all
other special warfare commands,” Feinstein wrote.
for Feinstein said she hasn't heard back from Gates.
a spokesman for the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa,
Fla., said the Navy unit's headquarters is growing and needs more
space. He also said the shift would place the unit closer to the
inter-service Special Operations Command and other commands on the
Two sites in
Virginia are being considered for the move – Naval Amphibious Base
Little Creek in Norfolk and Fort Story in Virginia Beach, McGraw
asked for $51 million in the 2008 budget to pay for the