The Use Of And Need For Fort Story, Virginia

LCD-75-346: Published: Aug 26, 1975. Publicly Released: Aug 26, 1975.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reported on the use and need for Fort Story, Virginia, focusing on: (1) the Army's use of the fort; (2) its current and future need for the fort for amphibious training; and (3) the Navy's requirement for additional military family housing in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area.

GAO noted that: (1) the Army's use of the fort has declined in recent years; (2) many of the facilities and conveniences normally found on military installations either are inadequate or nonexistent at this fort; (3) surveys by the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense (DOD) have cast doubt on the Army's need for all of the installation; (4) the Army's need for the fort is related to the types of amphibious vehicles it uses; (5) however, the vehicles currently used are being replaced by air cushion vehicles; (6) the suitability of the fort's terrain for the replacement vehicles will not be determined until the completion of tests to begin in 1976; (7) the Navy used questionable methods in justifying the need for constructing 600 family housing units; and (8) DOD officials said the methods used by the Navy were warranted because of the conditions in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Army to reevaluate its need for Fort Story when the replacement amphibian vehicles become operational, including the feasibility of alternative locations.

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