A. Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET)
1. Warnings are issued for
CNET's area of responsibility as directed by the Commander, Navy Region
Southeast, who serves as the Regional Planning Agent (RPA) for all regions
in the eastern U.S. CNET serves as a Sub-Regional Planning Agent
(SRPA) for the Sub-Region CHARLIE Areas.
B. Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
1. CNATRA has tasked radar-equipped
NAVMETOCCOM activities co-located with CNATRA Air Wings to provide CNATRA
Aviation Weather Warnings (CAWW) for specific phenomena occurring within
100 nm of the radar site. A CAWW will be issued when the National
Weather Service Weather Warnings (WWs) or SIGMETs are not in effect for
the area concerned and any of the following conditions exist:
- Embedded thunderstorms
- Severe thunderstorms
with wind gusts of 50 knots or greater and/or hail ¾" diameter or
CAWWs are issued for existing conditions; they are not forecasts.
2. A CAWW restricts all
training flight operations within the geographic boundary of the warning
area. Flight restrictions within a CAWW are the same as flight restrictions
imposed by NATOPS for flights into or through a WW area.
C. Commander, Training Wing SIX (COMTRAWING SIX)
1. NAVTRAMETOCFAC provides
advisory information on all hurricane positions and movements within the
Gulf of Mexico and all associated weather activity or phenomena that could
affect weather conditions in the Pensacola area and along Hurricane Evacuation
(HUREVAC) Routes. The CO or HDO will provide recommendations concerning
the setting or cancellation of HUREVAC conditions to COMTRAWING SIX.
2. NAVTRAMETOCFAC will provide
support briefs to all squadrons subject to HUREVAC. Actual mass-departure
briefs will be conducted utilizing the automated flight brief system.
Designated personnel will provide pre-departure briefs.
D. NAS Pensacola
1. Forrest Sherman Field
a. Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) require ceilings
and visibility of 1000'-3nm.
b. The Operations Duty Officer (ODO) will implement the Aircraft
Wet Runway Recovery Bill when necessary. This requires all TRAWING
SIX T-2C aircraft to make arrested landings. Criteria for implementing
the Aircraft Wet Runway Recovery Bill include:
- Standing water on runway,
- Wet runway with a crosswind component that exceeds
15 knots, or
- Hydroplaning/poor braking action experienced
during normal landing.
2. At NAS Pensacola Weapons
Division, all magazines are closed and ordnance issuing is suspended when
T1 is set.
3. NAS Pensacola Contract
Fuel Branch discontinues fuel handling operations when electrical storms
are within 5 miles of the field. The NAVTRAMETOCFAC FDO monitors the NEXRAD
and LPATS located within the operational spaces. Together, these
systems provide accurate lightning strike direction and distance information
and are superb tools for determining fueling operations recommendations
for the ODO. The ODO determines when fueling operations will commence
4. NAS Pensacola Port Operations
Division, unless ordered by the Air Operations Officer or higher authority,
shall dispatch no boat from the boat basin when Small Craft Warnings are
in effect (NASPINST 9820.1). Additionally, Small Craft Warnings stop
all Sea Survival Training.
5. The NAS Pensacola Recreation
Department is greatly affected by T1, since it will close most outdoor
activities, especially the swimming pools and beach areas. Small
Craft, Gale or Storm Warnings, stop all boating at both the Sailing Facility
and Sherman Cove Marina.
E. Supervisor of Naval Shipbuilding and Repair (SUPSHIP),
Ingalls Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Sustained or gusty winds
in excess of 30 knots from any direction is a critical factor affecting
shipyard operations. Large cranes are secured with winds of this
speed, and personnel working aloft on masts or superstructures are also
secured. At any given time, SUPSHIP has numerous ships in various
stages of construction. High winds, heavy precipitation, thunderstorms,
and widespread fog present both an operational and public relations problem.
Newer classes of LHDs and DDGs are routinely constructed at Ingalls Shipyard.
The FDO must remain cognizant of SUPSHIP operations, and be prepared to
provide any type of forecast to support the shipyard.
F. Seabee Center, Gulfport
1. The Seabee Center located
at Gulfport, Mississippi is a major hub for deployable Seabee units.
Its location along the Gulf Coast assures essentially the same weather
as can be expected at Pensacola.
2. Located with-in the sub-region
Area C-1, Seabee Center, Gulfport is a recipient of Severe Thunderstorm
and High Wind warnings issued for Area C-1..
G. NAVSURFWARCEN, Coastal Systems Station (CSS), Panama City,
Florida. Thunderstorm activity affects CSS operations, since lightning
in the Gulf of Mexico Operating Area greatly affects Mine Warfare Operational
Evaluations (OPEVALs). In many cases a highly electrically-conductive
cable is trailing from the helicopter to a towed vehicle in the water,
and a lightning strike could cause significant equipment damage. Located
in CNET Sub-region C3, CSS Panama City, is notified when Severe Thunderstorm
warnings are issued for CNET Area C-3.
H. NAVSTA Pascagoula. Warning support for this Naval complex
is expanding due to the increased presence of surface combatant ships homeported
there. Pascagoula is supported by many different methods, including
the Daily CHARLIE Area Forecast/Heavy Weather Advisories, telephone notification
of severe weather, and by the NAVTRAMETOCFAC web site which provides the
NAVSTA Pascagoula 72 hour forecast, near-real-time NEXRAD radar data, satellite
pictures, tropical cyclone information, astronomical data and other weather
I. COMNAVMETOCCOM. Located within the Sub-Region
Area C1, this activity is a recipient of all tailored weather products
that are issued for that CHARLIE Area.