VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – The U.S. Navy marked the opening of a new live-fire range training facility at Fort Story on June 25. The Small Arms Range, designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N), will better prepare Navy SEALs for enemy engagement in real world situations.
The $11.5 million Fort Story Small Arms Range will be used to improve in-depth, close quarters combat training by simulating scenarios encountered on past SEAL raids. The new 28,000-square-foot facility is expected to save the Navy $1.6 million annually in training and travel costs. It also will allow special operations members more time at home between deployments. Previously, SEAL teams traveled between deployments to take part in similar training at private facilities or U.S. Army bases.
At the only indoor, live-fire range facility of its type in the U.S., the bullets are real, but the targets are not. Steel walls covered with layers of specialized rubber contain the bullets and prevent ricochet, while paper targets move along built-in tracks. Instructors observe training from catwalks and use iPads to adjust lighting, odor and moving targets, adding to the realism of the surroundings.
Continuing a successful design/build partnership on military projects with Tesoro Corporation, B&N provided: