Major Addition to Local Navy Base

The Naval Surface Warfare Center on Panama City Beach is adding a new facility to help prepare sailors for battle.

The Navy cut the ribbon on the new Special Operations Center Tuesday morning.

Congressman Allen Boyd was the featured speaker for the event.

The Navy's Special Operations forces will use the facility for testing, research and development, and evaluation.

The new building not only houses the Special Ops administrative office, it has engineering spaces and technical shops to support the manned and unmanned vehicles used by Special Ops.

The new Navy facility has a test tank to allow underwater vehicles to be monitored and tested in a controlled environment.

Capt. Andrew Buduo, the Commander of the Surface Warfare Center, says this new building ties up a lot of loose ends.

Congressman Allen Boyd, who secured 10-point-7 million dollars in congressional funding for the construction, had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Afterwards, Boyd also talked to us about the war in Iraq. He says he'd need as much information President Bush has before he could answer how to solve the problem. But he says al Quaida's operations in Iraq have complicated an age old problem, creating what he calls a mess.

"We're not making progress in Iraq. We have a situation where the Sunni's and the Shiite's have been fighting since Mohammed died in 632 A.D. That's the basis of the sectarian civil war in Iraq today"

Boyd added he believes the u-s will need the support of its allies to salvage the Iraqi situation.

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