Fleet Weather Center Established in Norfolk

Story Number: NNS101026-15Release Date: 10/26/2010 4:20:00 PM
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By George Lammons, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- All Navy weather forecasting for fleet operations and training in the 2nd, 4th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility will be consolidated in Norfolk, starting Oct. 29, when the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) establishes Fleet Weather Center (FWC) Norfolk.

"The consolidation of our weather services helps optimize the use of Navy resources while ensuring consistent and accurate weather support to the fleet," said Rear Adm. Jonathan White, NMOC commander.

The FWC, which will be located at Naval Air Station(NAS) Norfolk, combines three Norfolk-based commands: Naval Maritime Forecasting Center (NMFC), the Naval Aviation Forecasting Center, (NAFC) and Strike Group Oceanography Team (SGOT) under one commanding officer.

The new center will retain overall responsibility for maritime and aviation forecasting; weather warnings to activities located in Navy Regions Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Europe; ships and aircraft routing; and organizing, training, and deploying oceanography teams which deploy in support of carriers and large deck amphibs.

"We are indeed honored by the trust placed in us by the Navy's leadership, and we will aggressively carry out our responsibility to keep the fleet safe and enhance the readiness of our forces both ashore and afloat," said Capt. Bill Nisley, FWC Norfolk commanding officer.

The FWC standup in Norfolk is part of a two-prong consolidation of Navy weather services worldwide. FWC San Diego, Calif., will be established Nov. 5, and will serve as the home of Navy weather forecasting for the Pacific.

In addition to serving as the Atlantic Fleet's primary forecast center, the command will operate component offices in the Pentagon and at Sembach, Germany.

FWC Norfolk is the seventh name change for Navy weather operations in Norfolk since Navy meteorology was established in early stages of World War II. FWC will remain in the McAdie building, home of Navy meteorology and oceanography since 1972. The building is named for Dr. Alexander McAdie, considered to be the father of naval meteorology.

"The establishment of the new centers will be seamless to operational commanders. We will continue to ensure safety at sea and enable decision superiority for our forces and allies with forecasts, analysis and recommendations," White said.

The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs the Navy's meteorology and oceanography programs, operates the Navy's atomic clock for precise time, and tracks the positions of the stars for navigation. The command is comprised of approximately 2,500 officer, enlisted and civilian personnel stationed around the world. Naval Oceanography enables the safety, speed, and operational effectiveness of the fleet by identifying the risks and opportunities for naval and joint forces posed by the present and future natural environment.

For more news from Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnmoc/.

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