Navy Homeports:

Status of the Navy's New Homeport at Everett, Washington

NSIAD-92-266: Published: Sep 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Navy's new homeport at Everett, Washington, focusing on: (1) development schedule and cost estimate changes; (2) estimated future development costs; and (3) changes in the number and type of ships planned for the homeport.

GAO found that: (1) the Navy selected Everett for a new homeport site in 1984, and did not adopt the recommendation that GAO made in 1991 that it terminate new homeport plans because existing homeports could accommodate the Navy's fleet; (2) the July 1992 estimate for developing the Everett homeport is $495.3 million, $118.2 million more than the original 1985 estimate, due to configuration and project changes; (3) the Everett development schedule has slipped about 6 years, due to environmental concerns and a military construction moratorium; (4) the Navy expects to complete all homeport facilities by 1997; (5) the Navy has received $282.4 million in funds for the homeport, obligated $241.2 million, and expended $214.2 million, and will require an additional $212.8 million to complete the homeport; (6) the completed homeport will incur about $26 million in annual operations and maintenance costs; (7) the Navy does not believe that the decrease in the number of ships in its fleet and the number planned for the Everett homeport significantly affects site development or total costs; and (8) the Navy is using closure funds and projected savings from the closing of the Sand Point, Washington, naval station to accommodate many facilities and quality-of-life projects for the Everett homeport.

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