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Press Release | July 5, 2024

Navy Releases Draft Environmental Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment for Establishment of Training and Testing Facilities at Naval Base Ventura County for Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles and Unmanned Surface Vessels

U.S. Fleet Forces Command

July 5, 2024  –  

The Navy has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA)/Overseas Environmental Assessment (OEA) to establish training and testing support facilities for the Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California.

The Proposed Action includes construction of permanent facilities to support administrative, maintenance, and training and testing needs of the unmanned systems in the Onshore Proposed Action Area. The Proposed Action also includes training and testing of the XLUUVs and USVs in the Pacific Ocean Nearshore Proposed Action Area and the Offshore Proposed Action Area to the west and southwest of Port Hueneme.

The Navy has prepared this draft EA/OEA to inform the public of the Proposed Action and provide an opportunity for public review and comment.  The draft EA/OEA will be available for review and comment for a period of 30 days from July 5 - August 3.  The Navy welcomes public comments on the draft EA/OEA, which will help the Navy arrive at the best possible informed decision about the proposal.

Interested parties may view a paper copy of the draft EA/OEA at the South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, CA 93033 or the E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 and may review a digital copy on the website:

All comments must be postmarked or received online no later than August 3, 2024, to be considered in preparation of the final EA/OEA. Written comments may be submitted online via the website or mailed to: UUV USV EA/OEA Project Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Atlantic, Attn: Code EV2, SS, 6506 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23508.

For additional information regarding the Draft EA/OEA and media queries, please contact U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs at 757-836-4427, or email to