Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters.

The Navy said Thursday it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk.

The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations since 2012. The command is in charge of about 110 civilian-crewed ships around the world, including two hospital ships that have responded to natural disasters, among other things. The move will affect more than 500 people and cost about $30 million over the next five years.

The Navy says a small number of staff will remain behind in Washington, but exact numbers were not readily available.

In a joint statement released Thursday afternoon, representatives Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3), Randy Forbes (VA-4), Rob Wittman (VA-1) and Scott Rigell (VA-2) said the following:

This announcement from the Navy is welcome news for Hampton Roads. It is estimated that more than 400 civilian personnel and 52 active duty personnel will relocate to our region. This action is also an important strategic decision by the Navy. For the last several years, the headquarters for the Military Sealift Command has been split between Washington, D.C. and Naval Station Norfolk. This consolidation will help our Navy streamline its processes while also saving taxpayers money from the reduced costs of operating a single headquarters location. We look forward to welcoming the men and women attached to this important command to Hampton Roads.

U.S. senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement:

This is terrific news for Norfolk and the Navy. This move will bring new opportunities to Norfolk, home to the greatest naval concentration in the world. With the Fleet Forces Command headquarters in Norfolk, this consolidation will streamline their fleet management processes, maximize fleet support, and cut overall costs. Military Sealift Command plays a critical role in providing logistics support for the entire military, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Commonwealth.

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