The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Transportation Command:
(NORFOLK, Va.) — Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Va., a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk. The consolidation is scheduled to be complete by the end of fiscal year 2019.
Consolidating MSC headquarters staff in Norfolk helps streamline processes, maximize customer service with our Navy, and cut costs associated with maintaining two geographic headquarters' locations. Additionally, it co-locates MSC with the other U.S. Fleet Forces Command subordinate commands also located in Norfolk.
Overall, the consolidation may affect up to 455 federal civilian employee positions, 30 active-duty officer positions and 22 active duty enlisted positions. MSC anticipates a small cadre of personnel may remain in the Washington, D.C., area for those positions with responsibilities that are best accomplished in the national capital region.
The total cost of the consolidation, to include infrastructure renovations and personnel relocation costs, is estimated at $31 million over the next five years.