2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:53:22 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EXPANSION, MUNITIONS: Townsend Marine Bombing Range (GA)
Navy might double the size of bombing range in Georgia to aid Beaufort pilots

Beaufort Gazette (SC)
August 11, 2010

Navy officials might purchase as much as 45,000 acres near a Georgia bombing range to give pilots from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort a chance to train closer to home.

The Navy announced plans last week to expand Townsend Bombing Range, a 5,183-acre range in McIntosh County, Ga. owned by the air station.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the Navy could opt to purchase some combination or all of three parcels near the range identified as possible expansion sites. If approved, the range could grow by between 11,000 and 45,000 acres, according to the notice. The Navy also could opt not to expand the range, which opened in 1981 and is maintained by the Georgia Air National Guard.The notice did notspecify how much the land might cost.

At its current size, the range allows air crews to complete only 43 percent of their training requirements and is too small to allow pilots to drop inert, precision-guided munitions, according to air station officials.


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