NORFOLK (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), cut the ribbon to the command's new building Nov. 1, officially recognizing the relocation of his headquarters from Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads to Naval Station Norfolk.
"I want to thank everybody for their hard work," said Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao.
"Really, it took all of you [SURFLANT civilians and Sailors] to accomplish the move. I know it was a lot of work and it took some people out of their comfort zone, but the move really puts us in a better position to support our ships.
"The move brings our 'ohana' [family] closer together."
The previous SURFLANT commander, Rear Adm. David Thomas, initiated the move to Naval Station's Building D-29, with the intent of positioning the headquarters and its staff much closer to the waterfront.
Former headquarters of U.S. 2nd Fleet, the building received a nine-month renovation project to better support the SURFLANT staff. Led by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and contractor Archer Weston, the effort resulted in modernized conferencing facilities, upgraded audio-visual equipment, and computer and telephone lines. It features a more open design to enhance face-to-face communication between different work centers.