Navy proposes expanding Gulf of Alaska exercise area

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The Navy is issuing a proposal for expanding their Gulf of Alaska exercise area. The proposal will come up for public comment this spring.

The proposal includes more than quadrupling the area available for aircraft and warships to maneuver. The existing area has been in use in one form or another since the 1990s, said environmental public affairs specialist Julianne Stanford.

“The existing training area, known as the Temporary Maritime Activities Area (TMAA), is approximately 42,146 square nautical miles,” Stanford said in an email. “The Navy is proposing to add an additional area, known as the Western Maneuver Area (WMA), that would be approximately 185,806 square nautical miles.”

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