NAS Jacksonville Breaks Ground on P-8 Training Facility


Story Number: NNS100415-22Release Date: 4/15/2010 4:22:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sunday Williams, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Southeast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville April 9 to begin construction on the new P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Integrated Training Center. The P-8A Poseidon aircraft will begin replacing the P-3 Orion in 2012.

NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jack Scorby Jr., along with several of the Navy's top leadership in aviation, discussed the new project prior to picking up the ceremonial shovels to break ground.

"This just further cements the importance of NAS Jacksonville, not only within the community but within the U.S. Navy," said Scorby.

The new facility will accommodate 10 operational simulators, eight weapon's tactics simulators and four part task trainers.

"I really want to thank the local community, the base, base commander and everyone who enabled us to get to this point," said Rear Adm. Bill Moran, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, who served as guest speaker. "This facility is very important to the Navy."

The $38 million, 165,000- square-foot facility has many special features including being a "green" building. This means the new facility will be "Silver" certified in compliance with Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards which were developed in the 1990s by the United States Green Building Council. LEED is a certification system for environmentally friendly construction, indicating the project meets or exceeds government mandates as well as industry standards.

The new training facility is scheduled to be completed the summer of 2011.

For more news from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, visit www.navy.mil/local/nasjax/.

 
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Rear Adm. Bill Moran speaks about the new P-8A Integrated Training Center during a groundbreaking ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
100409-N-5812W-002 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 9, 2010) Rear Adm. Bill Moran, commander of the Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, speaks about the new P-8A Integrated Training Center during a groundbreaking ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The new facility will house simulators for the new P-8 Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft. The P-8A will replace the P-3 Orion Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sunday Williams)
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