- December 9, 2013
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The Navy will conduct more training along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, following the signing of an environmental impact statement, a change that will give service members more time to spend with their families. Officials considered the close proximity of homeports to the training ranges as a way to reduce travel for sailors and Marines from their duty stations, reported the Brunswick News. “The Navy is required to track and, where possible, limit the amount of time sailors and Marines spend deployed from home,” the study said. The designated area — where the Navy will conduct additional surface-to-air, surface-to-surface and anti-submarine warfare activities — is 2.6 million square nautical miles along the Atlantic, from Maine to Florida, and Gulf coasts.