Long-awaited NAWCWD project opens at Point Mugu

Lt. Cmdr. Gary Doss, left, director of the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division for the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Public Works Department, helps Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, with the RM 404 ribbon cutting Feb. 7 at NBVC Point Mugu.

Photo by Mike Johnson / NAWCWD

Lt. Cmdr. Gary Doss, left, director of the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division for the Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Public Works Department, helps Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, with the RM 404 ribbon cutting Feb. 7 at NBVC Point Mugu.

Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) commander, helped with the long-awaited RM 404 ribbon-cutting Feb. 7 in the Delmer Fahrney Headquarters building at NAWCWD Point Mugu.

Dr. Ronald Smiley, director of both Electronic Warfare/Combat Systems and Avionics Department Research and Engineering, welcomed those in attendance and introduced Lt. Cmdr. Gary Doss, director of the Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division of the Naval Base Ventura County Public Works Department. “This $11 million project is the culmination of years of planning and 24 months of construction,” Doss said. “Today was a major undertaking, which was executed brilliantly by a combined team and partnership of professionals from the contractor, RMA Land Construction, the Public Works Department, and especially NAWCWD’s proactive involvement.”

The team demolished 17 deteriorated buildings equaling 100,000 square feet of facility space, and it renovated and modernized 67,000 square feet of administrative and laboratory space in buildings PM36, PM512 and PM352.

“In order to accomplish this, the team had to modify the contract eight different times and overcome numerous challenges,” Doss added.

Tim Stolsig, associate director of the NAWCWD Avionics Department, said the intent was to vacate older, expensive-to-maintain facilities in favor of a refurbished multi-use headquarters building.

“This started as an initiative within the Avionics Department to make better use of our facilities and foster increased collaboration between our projects,” he said, adding that it quickly expanded to include all Weapons Division organizations at Mugu.

The work resulted in a consolidation of the project leadership teams of the three primary Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) at the Mugu site — Airborne Electronic Attack, Navy Mission Planning (NavMP) and Tactical Aircraft Electronic Warfare.

A contiguous office complex was created for NavMP, and the Electro-Optical/Infrared Special Mission Sensors Team moved into a new lab and office complex. A new lab was established to support development and deployment of the Intrepid Tiger II Electronic Attack pod, and video and teleconference facilities were expanded.

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) recently visited the Weapons Division, and Sohl discussed the visit and the CNO’s focus on electronic warfare.

“A lot of this gets done with the teams right here at Point Mugu, and what better, efficient and effective way to do that than with the people all together,” Sohl said. “So instead of being spread out, you are here in this one place and able to get the job done. We owe it to you to give you the space you need to do the work.”

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