Navy closes Antarctic unit


  • Randy Showstack


After 42 years as a key participant in the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), the U.S. Navy held a ceremony on February 20 to commemorate the closing of its Naval Antarctic Support Unit stationed in New Zealand. The Navy originally had announced its decision to “disestablish” the unit in 1993, citing new global priorities with the end of the Cold War.

The Navy will continue to provide limited flight support to the USAP through the end of the 1998–1999 austral research season.