Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic (SWFLANT)
King's Bay, Georgia
The Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic (SWFLANT) provides strategic missiles and strategic weapons system (SWS) support to the fleet ballistic missile fleet. SWFLANT is responsible for assembling the D-5 missile and processing missile guidance and launcher subsystem components. Components are shipped to Kings Bay from more than 1,800 suppliers and subcontractors throughout the country. This command maintains a work force of approximately 150 military personnel, 150 government employees and more than 650 contractor personnel. SWFLANT's contractors include Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Vitro Corp. Construction of the 24 buildings in the SWFLANT complex began in 1985 and was completed in 1994. The facilities include administration buildings, supply warehouses, a calibration laboratory, processing buildings (including two missile assembly buildings), two vertical missile packaging buildings (where the D-5 missile is made ready for delivery to the submarine), inspection buildings and explosive handling wharves (EHW). EHW-1, which is 144 feet tall, is the tallest building in Camden County and rises at its pinnacle 161 feet above the water. A second EHW was completed in 1994. In addition, SWFLANT has 66 missile motor magazines and four small ordnance magazines in its 800-acre complex for storage of rocket motors, missiles and other ordnance components.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral, FL, by relocating Nuclear Test and Evaluation at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit to Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Kings Bay, GA. This recommendation would realign the stand-alone east coast facility working in fullscale Nuclear Test & Evaluation at Cape Canaveral into a fully supported Navy nuclear operational site at Kings Bay to gain synergy in security (Anti-Terrorism Force Protection-ATFP), Fleet operational support and mission support infrastructure. Since 1956, the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Program, in support of the TRIDENT (D-Series) Missile, has executed land-based (pad) as well as sea-based (SSBN) test launches supported by the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at Cape Canaveral, FL. This facility provided both the launch support infrastructure as well as docking for sea-based pre- and post-launch events. Recent changes in ATFP requirements, the recent establishment of the Western Test Range in the Pacific, and the programmatic decision to no longer require land based (pad) launches at Cape Canaveral all led to the realignment/relocation of this function to Kings Bay. This action would align nicely with the overall Weapons and Armaments strategy to move smaller activities at remote sites into larger facilities to realize a significant synergy in support functions and costs while maintaining mission capability. Environmentally, this recommendation would have the potential to impact cultural, archeological, or tribal resources; land use constraints or sensitive resource areas; marine mammals, resources, or sanctuaries; threatened and endangered species or critical habitat; water resources; and wetlands at Kings Bay.
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