The U.S. Navy’s proposed 5-year plan for sonar training exercises off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii was approved on December 16th by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
However, many environmental groups are speaking out against the approval, even filing a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court to block the training on territories that will have an unacceptable threat to marine mammals.
With consideration of the environmental group lawsuit, NOAA still concluded that the Navy’s promised mitigation measures will â€œminimize effects on marine mammals.â€ The Navy has been adamant in showing sonar training is crucial in preparing sailors to detect quiet submarines owned or being developed by Iranian adversaries.
The NOAA also included that the Navy has insisted on shutting down use of sonar and explosives if marine mammals are spotted within designated mitigation zones. There will also be a â€œhumpback whale cautionary areaâ€ around Hawaii during winter months.
The tension between the environmentalists and the U.S. Navy has thickened over several years of debates regarding sonar’s impact on marine mammals. The recent lawsuit sparked by environmental groups claims that the Navy’s measures are inadequate given the status of many of the species.
Marjorie Ziegler of the Conservation Council for Hawaii said, â€œSome of the marine mammals threatened by Navy activities are already on the brink of extinction, such as the Hawaiian monk seal, our state mammal and one of the world’s most endangered species.â€
The Natural Resources Defense Council has also criticized the Navy saying that several new studies find the Navy’s activities in Southern California are harming marine mammals like blue whales and beaked whales, â€œmore than was previously known.â€
The U.S. Navy estimates that its training off Hawaiian and Southern California coastlines will kill 155 whales over the five years of sonar training.
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The USS Freedom, LCS 1, came back to its homeport of San Diego today, December 23, after its first deployment to Southeast Asia, the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom had a long first deployment. USS Freedom has two different crews consisting of 53 sailors each. Other detachments and an air crew also join the USS Freedom crews when needed.
The ship originally left San Diego on March 1st with its gold crew and mid-deployment the blue crew swapped spots with the gold crew aboard USS Freedom.
Unfortunately, USS Freedom encountered multiple structural errors and mechanical problems throughout its deployment. The ship had to stop for port maintenance three times within the 9-month deployment.
According to a Navy press release, USS Freedom participated in many theater security and maritime presence operations with partner nations in Asia. The Navy ship also helped with humanitarian assistance and disaster response by delivering life-saving supplies after Typhoon Haiyan recently hit the Philippines.
Commander Dale Heinken of USS Freedom’s Blue Crew stated: â€œThis deployment was a huge success for the LCS program; for us as a crew, and for the Navy in general.â€
USS Freedom is a new type of vessel called a littoral combat ship that’s designed to undergo near-shore operations and can be configured for anti-submarine, mine countermeasures, and surface warfare.
Of the Littoral Combat Ships, the next vessel to deploy will be San Diego-based ship USS Fort Worth. USS Fort Worth is predicted to deploy late next year.
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