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Navy to Shift WMD Surveillance Activities

The U.S. Navy on Thursday said it would relocate an Indiana installation's chemical, biological and radiological arms surveillance activities to a facility in Dahlgren, Va. (see GSN, April 19).

The planned transfer of programs from Crane, Ind., to Naval Surface War Center Dahlgren Division is intended to centralize efforts and cut operational expenses, the service said in a press release.

"Our partnership with NSWC Crane to transfer the acquisition and in-service engineering work associated with chemical and biological detectors is significantly reducing the Navy's total ownership costs," Mike Purello, who heads of the Dahlgren naval facility's chemical, biological and radiological defense branch, said in the release. "This is not only providing opportunities for us to better support the war-fighter at Dahlgren and on the waterfront but it's also enabling our scientists and engineers to look for the most efficient ways to support potential next-generation detection systems."

The Dahlgren facility delivers assessment and other services for naval assets that have already received equipment for sensing chemical, biological and radiological materials (U.S. Navy release, Aug. 2).

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