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May 19, 2007

Navy Disappointed With Lawsuit Against Anti-Submarine Warfare Training

The Navy is disappointed with EarthJustice's decision to pursue litigation against critical training activities in Hawaiian waters, the deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said.

Feb. 23, 2007

New National Defense Exemption to MMPA Authorized for Navy

Following consultation with the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense announced Jan. 23, authorization of a two-year National Defense Exemption from requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for naval activity involving mid-frequency active sonar use, and a new sensor that uses small explosive charges, during major training exercises and on established ranges and operating areas.

July 4, 2006

RIMPAC Maritime Operations to Continue Without Mid-Frequency Active Sonar

U.S. District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order July 3 barring the use of mid-frequency active sonar during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006 multinational exercise.

June 30, 2006

National Defense Exemption to MMPA Authorized for Navy

The Department of Defense announced June 30 the authorization of a six-month national defense exemption from requirements of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for naval activity involving mid-frequency active sonar use during major training exercises and on established ranges and operating areas.

June 27, 2006

NOAA Grants Permit for Sonar Activities for Rim of the Pacific 2006

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued three key documents June 27 that support the critical international naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) while carefully protecting marine life. These documents enable naval forces from eight nations gathering this week in Pearl Harbor to begin RIMPAC 2006.

March 29, 2006

No Definitive Cause for 2005 North Carolina Stranding: Injuries Not Consistent With Sonar Use

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the final National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) report March 29 regarding the marine mammal stranding that occured at Oregon Inlet, N.C. on Jan. 15, 2005.

May 5, 2005

Navy, UH Studying Dolphins to Improve Sonar

Professionals and students from the University of Hawaii (UH) are currently studying dolphin hearing and echolocation - the use of sound waves to "see" - to help the Navy improve mining and sonar techniques and make the oceans safer for marine mammals

March 29, 2005

USS Shoup Report Concludes No Acoustic Trauma

A report released March 11 by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) concluded that although the Navy's use of active sonar may have "induced a behavioral response," it was unlikely that the exposure caused any injury. The report was inconclusive on the subsequent stranding of 16 harbor porpoises in the area.

June 18, 2004

NAS Key West Partners For Environmental Protection

The U.S. Navy strengthened its commitment to Florida's natural resources June 7, with the signing of the Natural Resources & Environmental Compliance Partnering agreement.

Nov. 28, 2003

CNI Merges Environmental Regions

The recently established Commander, Naval Installations (CNI) Environmental Program Director is wasting no time merging together the Navy's environmental programs and people into a cohesive, single entity.