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operating areas, it is estimated that over $10,000 in man-hours will be saved per year and more effective usage of vehicles will be gained.
DRONE SUPPORT BUILDING, $423,000
The second line item is for construction of a drone support building at the estimated cost of $423,000. One of the station's aircraft hangars and a 10,000-square foot building which was constructed this year are both utilized for maintenance of target drones. These two facilities will not provide adequate workspace for maintaining the increased number of target drones needed to meet planned missile operations at the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. Newer drones are also being introduced. These have improved performance characteristics and require increased maintenance and testing. To satisfy the space deficiency, it is planned to construct a 20,000-square foot addition to the existing drone maintenance building.
CARGO PIER, $531,000
The third item is for alterations to a cargo pier at the estimated cost of $531,000. This item will lengthen and widen the existing cargo pier. The length and width of this pier seriously restricts the handling of cargo when loading or unloading ships. Cargo from the after hatches of ships cannot be placed directly onto the pier. The width of the pier restricts the o: of vehicles that can use the pier at one time because vehicles cannot be turned around and must be backed off. Other vehicles must wait their turn. The pier will be lengthened 103 feet to a new length of 500 feet and the 38-foot width will be increased to 70 feet to correct the present restrictions. “
UNDERWATER RANGE TORPEDO shop, s169,000
Tho fourth line item is for construction of an underwater range torpedo shop at the estimated cost of $169,000. This item will provide a fireproof building specially designed for torpedo maintenance in support of the underwater tracking range at St. Croix Island. There are no facilities for checking, testing, and maintaining the torpedoes fired during evaluation and operational exercises at the range. There are 800 firings planned in fiscal year 1966 and between 600 and 700 firings each successive year. Interim requirements for maintenance space are being met by the use of deteriorated buildings in several areas of the station.
RANGE EQUIPMENT SHOP, $188,000
The fifth item is for construction of a range equipment shop at the estimated cost of $188,000. The Roosevelt Roads area has been developed into a major weapons system training complex to permit the Atlantic Fleet Forces to maintain operational readiness in the use of conventional guided missiles and underwater weapons. To measure the accuracy and effectiveness of the firings, it is necessary to position complex electronic equipment throughout the range areas and in the operations control center.
This line item will provide an electronics shop at the naval station for the maintenance, modification, and repaid of the special electronic equipment used on the range. The existing electronic maintenance shop is fully utilized in maintaining the electronic equipment installed at the naval station. - - - The next line item for supply o: and warehouse is repetitive.
FLEET CARGO SHED, $538,000
The seventh item is for construction of a fleet cargo shed at the estimated cost of $358,000. Sea cargo receipts, which represent the major logistic support for this station, are now held in three temporary buildings and in open storage areas for processing and sorting to insure further delivery to the proper units on the station. Outgoing shipments must be processed for manifesting and consolidation. Due to the space limitations, the cargo to be processed must be stacked as high as possible in the buildings. This increases processing time and often results in extra handling to get urgently needed items from the lower part of the stack. The cargo stored in open areas is exposed to damage by the frequent rain showers common to this area. The proposed 37,000-square-foot shed will be of sufficient size to permit all incoming and outgoing cargo to be under cover for processing and distribution. Senator INoUYE. I believe this request involves a general warehouse which was denied in 1965 at an estimated cost of $330,000. This warehouse is not included again, but the cost exceeds $400,000. How do you explain this? Admiral HULL. This was a dropout from last year's program. Last year it was at $330,000. This year it is $358,000. Senator INoUYE. No; over $400,000. Admiral HULL. Mr. Hanabury. Mr. HANABURY. Sir, this is a combination of the items that dropped out last year and this year's item. The program is a phased program over several years, and when the 1965 line item dropped out, it was added to one we had planned to sponsor in a subsequent year— namely, 1966. So we are taking care of, you might say, 2 years in 1 year, but we are still not satisfying the deficiency there, sir. Senator INoUYE. Thank you. Admiral HULL. “Computer and data recording facility, $187,000.” The eighth item is for construction of a computer and data recording facility at the estimated cost of $187,000. Telemetering and data tapes are made on all missile firings at the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range. These firing tapes receive inputs from ship and shore instrumentation, from the missile and from the air target itself. This information must be processed and reduced to workable form where it can be properly analyzed so that all lessons learned can be applied to later firings. Telemetering and data tapes from missile firings are being processed in a small makeshift space within the guided-missile control center at Roosevelt Roads. The facility proposed is an addition to the guided-missile operational control center with space for computers and for the scientific and technical personnel who process the material. A computer-operated automatic visual display system with attendant recording devices will also be provided to permit command and control of four or more target systems at a time. enator INoUYE. Admiral, I note throughout the testimony that we have several items that have been denied in the past fiscal year or the one prior to that. The committee would be interested to learn if there is a difference in estimated costs as to present requests and the past requests. Admiral HULL. All right, sir. Senator INoUYE. And if there is a wide difference, if the present request is $1 million and the past was $500,000, we would like to know why this differential. Admiral CoRRADI. I was just in the process of checking that very point. In this particular item it is exactly the same, and all the previous ones are the same. If we come to one that varies, I will give Admiral Hull the information. Senator INoUYE. And can you furnish this in a list? Admiral CoRRADI. Yes, sir; I will be happy to. Senator INoUYE. There have been a number of denials in the past years. (The information referred to follows:)
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Fiscal year 1966 program items which were in prior years programs
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Admiral HULL. Marine barracks, $395,000. The ninth line item is for construction of a 100-man Marine barracks at the estimated cost of $395,000. This building, in addition to providing living spaces, will provide administrative space and storage and maintenance space for weapons. The Marine barracks is a separate command entity. It is a security force with a commanding officer and an administrative staff located in the same area. It has its own weapons storage and maintenance spaces. There are 2,400 enlisted personnel requiring barracks spaces on this station. Only 1,260 adequate spaces exist. At present, Marine personnel are quartered with Navy personnel; they now use space for administrative and weapons storage purposes that is critically needed for living space. Senator INoUYE. What is the cost index for Puerto Rico? Admiral CoRRADI. Building cost index is 1.2 for Roosevelt Roads, SII’. Senator INoUYE. Thank you; please proceed. Admiral HULL. The next two items are repetitive, Mr. Chairman— bachelor officers’ quarters and fire station. The bachelor officers’ quarters was a dropout from last year at $359,000, and is in this year at $327,000. Admiral CoRRADI. The plans and specifications were completed last year and the revised estimate is based on final plans. It is a refinement. Admiral HULL. Gatehouse and employment office, $45,000. The next item is for construction of a gatehouse and employment office at the estimated cost of $45,000. The existing office is in a small, makeshift building located at a gate on the south side of the station through which only a minor part of the station's traffic now moves. This item will provide a facility at the north gate where the greatest number of visitors and jobseekers enter the station. Senator INoUYE. What do you mean by important civilian visitors? Is this to accommodate Members of Congress? Admiral HULL. I think anyone who is coming from San Juan by car, for example, Mr. Chairman, would come this way and, if not accompanied by an officer, would have to present his identification card at the gate. Captain GADDIs. Actually, sir, I believe it is designed to speak of persons who do not, have a business interest at the station but who definitely are officially coming to the station. Certainly you would be an important civilian visitor, sir. Also Mr. McNamara or the mayor of San Juan or anyone in that category. Admiral HULL. Laundry and drycleaning plant, $465,000. The next item is for construction of a laundry and drycleaning plant at the estimated cost of $465,000. This was a dropout last year at $540,000. There are no laundry and drycleaning facilities at Roosevelt Roads for providing these services for the station, ship and squadron personnel assigned and operating there. There are no commercial facilities in the local area. Laundry and drycleaning is being sent to the Naval Station, San Juan, approximately 60 miles away. Facilities there are so overloaded that service takes 8 days and commercial laundries in San Juan can provide only a 7-day service. This item will provide a building designed to provide laundry and drycleaning service for the approximately 4,000 men on this station.