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On behalf of the commanding officer, U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Diego Garcia, welcomes you.
We provide quality assurance evaluation and management of naval telecommunication facilities, communications, security and Defense Information System Agency (DISA) assets. Additionally, we provide command, control, computer, communications, collaboration, and intelligence (C5I), both tactical and strategic, support to the fleet, national consumers, allied forces in the Indian Ocean theater and all commands and activities on Diego Garcia.
We are a highly capable and professional detachment, committed to quality, innovation and continuous improvement. Leading the way of contracted operations in the 21st century, we strive for:
Excellence in mission accomplishment
Professional development of all personnel
Total quality working and living environment for all
Accomplish the mission safely
Provide a quality product to our customers
Foster maximum personal and professional development
Treat everyone with dignity and respect
Safeguard our resources and the environment
Utilize quality improvement in daily work
We are committed to:
Honesty, integrity, and the highest standards of military conduct
Leadership that provides an environment of trust and accountability
Open, honest and effective communication
Being good stewards of the taxpayer’s resources
Consistent execution of well-defined policy
Equal opportunity for all
Diego Garcia is an island in the Chagos Archipelago. The archipelago extends over an area of almost 22,000 square miles, and is located in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Discovered by Portuguese explorers in the early 1500's, there is debate on the origin of the name. Some historians believe that two separate ship's captains laid claim to the discovery within one day in Portugal. Each of the two captains last names were used to name the island. Another school believes that Diego Garcia was the complete name of one ship's captain or navigator.
Portugal's claim lapsed and in the early 1700's the island was claimed by the French and governed from Mauritius. France retained control until after the Napoleonic Wars (circa 1814), when possession was ceded to the British after the capture of Mauritius Until 1971, Diego Garcia's main source of income was from the production of copra, or coconut, oil. This oil was used as fine machine lubricant and fuel to light lamps. During the 170 years of plantation life the average harvest was about four million nuts annually. Remains of the plantation are preserved for their historical significance today. In 1965, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) was created to provide administrative control of the area. In December of 1966, the United Kingdom and the United States signed a bilateral agreement making the islands of the BIOT available for defense purposes to both governments.
On 23 January 1971, a nine man advance party from NMCB-40 landed on Diego Garcia to initiate a preliminary survey for beach landing areas. Fifty additional Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalion Two landed on the island and marked underwater obstructions, installed temporary navigational aids and cleared beach areas for landing additional personnel and materials. On 20 March 1971, an additional party of 160 Seabees from NMCB-40 arrived. Construction for U.S. Naval Communication Facility Diego Garcia was started four days later by the Seabees from NMCB-1 and finished by NMCB-62. The Seabees also started construction of an interim runway - to support the Communication Facility!
In October and November of 1971, Detachment CHAGOS of NMCB 71 and the whole of NMCB 1 arrived, marking the beginning of large-scale construction. NMCB 1 built the transmitter and receiver buildings and placed the base course for the permanent runway and parking apron. In July 1972, NMCB 62 relieved NMCB-1 and took over the departing battalion's projects. On 25 December the first C-141J transport landed on the newly completed 6,000 foot runway with the Bob Hope Christmas Troupe!
During December 1972, a Pre-commissioning Detachment arrived to prepare the Naval Communication Station for operations. On 20 March, 1973 U.S. Naval Communication Station, Diego Garcia was commissioned. The setting was sparse, but communications have been "UP" ever since!
Work commenced on the second construction increment, a $6.1 million project which involved the construction of a ship channel and turning basin in the lagoon. This project, however, was contracted to a Taiwanese firm. Seabees continued to work on support and personnel facilities in the cantonment area at the northern tip of the atoll. The second major area of construction was the airfield and its supporting facilities. Revised requirements called for the extension of the original 8,000-foot runway to 12,000 feet and additions were made to the parking apron and taxiways. New hangars and other support facilities were also built. During 1973 and 1974, Seabee units worked on all these projects. Because the final mission of Diego Garcia was still evolving, it was clear that still more construction would take place in the years to come.
In 1975 and 1976, Congress authorized $28.6 million to expand the Diego Garcia facilities to provide minimal logistics support for U.S. task groups operating in the Indian Ocean. Additional projects were undertaken in 1978. World events in 1979 and 1980, however, forced a reevaluation of the U.S. defense posture in the Indian Ocean area which indicated the need for pre-positioned materials to support a rapid deployment force and a more active U.S. presence in the area. It was decided to further expand the facilities at Diego Garcia in order to provide support for several pre-positioned ships, loaded with critical supplies. By the end of 1980 the Naval Facilities Engineering Command had advertised a $100 million contract for initial dredging at Diego Garcia to expand the berthing facilities.
Thus, what began as simply a communication station on a remote atoll became a major fleet and U.S. armed forces support base by the 1980s. By 1983 the only Seabee unit remaining on Diego Garcia was a detachment of NMCB 62. The work the Seabees completed on Diego Garcia since 1971 represented the largest peacetime construction effort in their history. Diego Garcia was the major Seabee construction effort of the 1970s and they acquitted themselves well under the difficult and isolated conditions that exist here. When the Seabees arrived they lived in tent camps, when they departed they left a fully-developed, modern military facility, capable of supporting thousands of U.S. personnel.
Located at 7 00 S, 71 30 E in the southern hemisphere, the island stretches 34 miles from tip to tip with the harbor entrance opening to the north-northwest. Termed an atoll, the actual land mass encompasses 11 square miles. The highest point on the island is the swimming pool at about 13 feet.
The climate on Diego Garcia is decidedly tropical. Average yearly precipitation is 102 inches, with a rainy season from September to March each year. Temperatures average 81 degrees with a high of 91 and a low of 65.
Congratulations on your orders to Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East Detachment Diego Garcia, the "The Footprint of Freedom." I hope the information you find on our webpages will answer many of your questions about our command’s mission, the Diego Garcia team, and the unique lifestyle here on the island. If you are considering or are presently under orders to Diego Garcia, you should look forward to an exciting, professionally rewarding, and fun-filled tour.
You should be receiving your welcome aboard letter and package through your chain of command. The letter will provide you with your sponsor's name, telephone number, and email address.
If you are having problems contacting your sponsor, please email the command ;leadership or feel free to call for general sponsor info at DSN 315-370-2020 or commercial 011-246-370-2020.
Prior to your departure for Diego Garcia, you are encouraged to check with Navy Passenger Transportation Office (NAVPTO) or Travel Office on your routing to the island. To ensure that you do not receive overpayment of advance travel allowances and to help prevent “out of pocket” expenditures without reimbursement, you should discuss your travel entitlements with the personnel office that has arranged your transportation. These steps to verify should be completed, even if you already have AMC, MTA, GTR or commercial airline tickets in your possession.
Should you choose to take a route other than the most cost-effective government route in order to take leave, you may shoulder the travel costs of the difference without reimbursement. You will arrive on Diego Garcia by Air Mobility Command (AMC) aircraft or government contracted commercial jet. It cannot be emphasized enough that you should have a minimum of $400 in your possession, whether flying from the East or West Cost, to defray possible layover expenses. Most of these expenses will be reimbursable, but only after you have arrived on the island and submitted your travel claim. Remember to save all of your travel receipts and tickets.
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