Navy Region Northwest
As the regional coordinator for the Navy in the four-state area of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, Navy Region Northwest provides coordination of base operating support functions for operating forces throughout the region.
This includes providing expertise in areas such as facilities and land space management, exercise coordination, housing, environmental, security, family services, port services, air services, bachelor quarters and logistical concerns for the thousands of Navy members and their families in the area, including homeported and transient ships, submarines and aircraft, as well as afloat and ashore tenants.
The command also serves as the reporting senior for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, headquarterd in Hawaii, for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island; Naval Station Everett; Naval Station Bremerton; Submarine Base Bangor and Naval Magazine Indian Island.
The majority of commands in Navy Region Northwest's area of responsibility are located in the Puget Sound Region. Puget Sound is the U.S. Navy's third largest fleet concentration area. Region installations and facilities occupy more than 28,000 acres of land. Puget Sound is the U.S. Navy's third largest fleet concentration area. The Department of the Navy spends about $2.8 billion annually in the region, which is home to approximately 26,000 active duty members, 16,000 civilian employees, 6,000 drilling reservists, 80,000 family members, and 45,000 Navy retirees. Region installations and facilities occupy more than 28,000 acres of land.
In February 1999 the Navy command responsible for consolidated base operations in the Pacific Northwest changed its name to more accurately describe its new scope of responsibility. A notice issued by the Chief of Naval Operations 02 February 1999 redesignated Commander, Naval Base Seattle as Commander, Navy Region Northwest. The name change came in conjunction with a modified mission for the regional command, which oversees facility and land space management, coordination and command of area shore installations, and support to homeported and transient ships, submarines and aircraft. The region commander exercises authority over Naval Station Everett, Naval Station Bremerton, Submarine Base Bangor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and other U.S. Navy commands, facilities and operations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
Expanded consolidation of resources, services, functions and organizational management under regional commands has enabled the Navy to operate more efficiently. The notice also designates Navy regional commands for Southeast (headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.) Mid Atlantic (Norfolk), Southwest (San Diego) and Pearl Harbor. Region commanders are directly responsible to the Atlantic and Pacific Commanders-in-Chief.
The former Naval Base Seattle was known from 1903 to 1980 as the Thirteenth Naval District.
The region commander has additional duties as Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest and Commander, Maritime Defense Zone Pacific Northwest.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Naval Support Activity New Orleans, LA. As a result, it recommended to consolidate the Navy Reserve Command's installation management function with Navy Region Northwest at at Submarine Base Bangor, WA and two other installations. The consolidation of the Navy Reserve Command installation management functions with other Navy Regional organizations would be part of the Department of the Navy efforts to streamline regional management structure and to institute consistent business practices.
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