Senator Feinstein Raises Concerns with Defense Secretary Over Proposed Move of Navy SEALs Headquarters From Coronado, California, to Virginia
May 25 2007
Washington, DC – In a letter sent this week to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) raised several issues with a proposal to transfer the Naval Special Warfare Command Headquarters from Naval Base, Coronado, California, to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA.
Senator Feinstein’s letter said she was troubled that the proposal had not been recommended by the Department of Defense in the 2005 round of base closures and realignments; would not improve training and deployment; and would separate the SEALs command from the largest concentration of SEALs in the nation.
The following is the text of Senator Feinstein’s letter:
May 23, 2007
The Honorable Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301 – 1000
Dear Secretary Gates:
I am writing to express my concern over the proposal by the United States Special Operations Command to relocate the Naval Special Warfare Command Headquarters from Naval Base Coronado, California to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia.
I am especially troubled by this proposal because the Department of Defense did not recommend relocating the Headquarters of the Naval Special Warfare Command in the recently completed 2005 round of Defense Base Closures and Realignments.
I question whether this move and the $51 million the United States Specials Operations Command (USSOCOM) proposes to spend will significantly improve the USSOCOM’s ability to train and deploy Navy SEALs and other highly skilled special forces to perform special warfare activities around the world.
I understand the proposed relocation will move the Naval Special Warfare Command Headquarters away from the largest concentration of Navy SEALs in the Country. It makes sense that the Naval Special Warfare Command Headquarters should be co-located with their primary training activities like all other special warfare commands.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to your response. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of assistance.
United States Senator
Cc: The Honorable Donald Winter, Secretary of the Navy