​Home Basing and Homeporting

Prior to making a decision on home basing aircraft and homeporting ships as part of our national defense strategy, the Navy considers the potential environmental consequences of a proposed action and reasonable alternatives in making informed decisions. 

The Navy prepares comprehensive environmental planning documents which analyze military operations and training associated with home basing and homeporting, construction of supporting infrastructure, compliance with federal and state environmental regulations and, if applicable, considers potential mitigation measures. Interested individuals, business and community leaders, federal, state and local officials, Native American tribes and nations, regulatory agencies and non-governmental associations are invited to participate in the process: first, in assisting in defining the scope of the environmental analysis and later, in reviewing the draft findings. 

The environmental document must be finalized and published, prior to implementation of the proposed action, in order to facilitate an informed decision that supports military mission while balancing environmental concerns. 

Informed decisions are based on a candid and factual representation of the environmental impacts. To support home basing and home porting decisions, the Navy will analyze potential impacts of: noise, air quality, safety, land use and compatibility, socioeconomics, community services, transportation, biological resources, cultural resources and hazardous materials and waste, among other resources. 

Numerous federal laws and Navy regulations govern the protection and preservation of environmental resources. The Navy strictly adheres to these laws and regulations, and may prepare supporting studies such as aircraft noise modeling, archaeological surveys, biological assessments, dredging plans, wetlands surveys, etc. ​