History of the Navy in Vieques
Map of Vieques prior to the 2001 land
- “Never again shall we tolerate abuse of a magnitude and scope the
likes of which no community in any of the fifty states would ever be asked
to tolerate. Never again shall we tolerate such abuse: not for sixty years,
and not for sixty months, or sixty hours, or sixty minutes.”
- -- Puerto Rico Governor, Pedro Roselló, October 19, 1999. Statement before the U.S.
Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Prior to 1999
Viequenses apelan al Primer Circuito
Ver articulo Dec 1, 2010
US health agency to take 'fresh look' at Vieques
US Navy pledges more money for cleanup of island near Puerto RicoThe Associated Press
Published: March 26, 2008
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico: The U.S. Navy has set aside US$200 million (€129 million) for the removal of military waste in Vieques island,
just east of Puerto Rico's main island, authorities announced Tuesday.
The money will be used in the next seven years to remove explosives in the island's eastern region, the site of most previous military
training exercises, said Richard Mach, with the Navy's environment
More than 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares) of the almost 23,000 acres (9,300 hectares) that the Navy occupied for several decades will be
scanned for contaminants, he said.
The Navy previously used Vieques as its main Atlantic training site, combining air, sea and land maneuvers. It ended them in 2003
following years of local protests after an errant bomb killed a
About 775 acres (315 hectares) have been cleared since the cleanup began in 2005, with officials uncovering nearly 15,000 live munitions
and recycling about 1,900 tons (1,724 metric tons) of scrap.
(As published in the International Herald Tribune at http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/26/news/CB-GEN-Puerto-Rico-Military-Cleanup.php"
Navy: $250M more needed to clean Vieques
The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Mar 27, 2007 10:43:21 EDT
The Navy estimates it will cost another $250 million through 2012 and beyond
to clean up munitions and other hazardous substances at its former training area
on the island of Vieques.
Tons of bombs and other substances remain from the decades during which the
Navy used the Puerto Rican island as its main Atlantic training site, combining
air, sea and land maneuvers and using live bombs until two went astray in 1999
and killed a civilian guard. The Navy withdrew in 2003 after years of local
The budget estimate comes on top of some $50 million already budgeted through
last September for assessments and cleanup, and it could change depending on
further site investigations, said Monday’s report from the Government
(As published in the Navy Times at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/03/ap_vieques_cleanup_070327/)
- Investigation of Areas of Vieques Begins, Jan 2004.
- Vieques is added to the SuperFund list. Dec 2003.
Documents Dealing with the Isla de Vieques Bombing Range
- La Marina se fue de Vieques, Mayo 1, 2003./
U.S. Navy Leaves Vieques Bombing Range. Largest
national refuge in the Caribbean opens. See
Fish & Wildlife site about Vieques.
Starts Final Exercises on Vieques. Jan 14, 2003
- Certificado por Gordon England, el Navy se va de Vieques en o antes de Mayo 1, 2003..
Navy Secretary Gordon England certified on January 10, 2003 that the Navy will
leave Vieques on or before May 1, 2003 and that the military exercises
scheduled to start on January 13 and last 29 days will be the last ones in
Vieques. The training will be relocated to various facilities on the states of
Florida, North and South Carolina. Jan 11, 2003
2001, courtesy of Charlie Connelly, Vieques
Times.. Map of development proposal for this
area, from El Nuevo Día.
- Letter from Navy Secretary Gordon England to Puerto Rico Governor Calderón and Vieques reaction.
Article about difficulty in cleaning the lands on Vieques range. October 30, 2002.
- Map of lands transferred from the Navy,
The Navy gave away money
during 2001 in hopes of winning a referendum in Vieques, called by the Puerto
Rico governor, where voters were to decide whether
the Navy kept using the bombing range on the eastern side of Vieques or leave.
The Navy lost this referendum and decided to cancel the federal referendum, as
specified on the Clinton/Roselló agreement, scheduled for December 2001. This
article talks about the impact of the money grants on the local media. August 30, 2002.
Vieques Wins The Eleventh Round, May 9, 2001.
ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR NAVY
A RESPONSE TO THE NAVY'S
University of Georgia's study finds thousands of barrels and compressed gas cylinders sunk onto the coral reefs
of Vieques near the firing range. The study was kept secret since 1999.
Department of Health study about Vieques water
finds no health hazards on Vieques public water supply. Feb 20, 2001
The Vieques-Kosovo Connection.
Navy Fact Sheets
firm John Arthur Eaves,
which specializes in
class action law suits
pollution, has brought a more than $100 million lawsuit against the Navy.
Chronology of Vieques struggle against the Navy since April 1999
Clinton's decision about the Navy in Vieques and Puerto Rico's rejection
Dec 3, 1999.
PUERTO RICO REACHES NAVY RANGE PACT
Clinton's directives are spelled out. Clinton's
speech on Puerto Rico TV. Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2000
Prior to 1999
Sustanciales los cambios a las 'Directrices Presidenciales/Substantial changes to the 'Presidential Directives'.
El Presidente puede traer la paz para Vieques, quiéralo o no el Congreso
Navy has used depleted uranium in Vieques. Here are the implications:
The New York Times: The Navy Doesn't Need Vieques Click
Report on trip to Vieques campsites
Showdown averted in Vieques May 4, 2000
- Comments from former head of Defense Dept. Uranium Project Click
- Physicians for Social Responsibility Issues Brief on Depleted Uranium Click
Slowly And Silently, Navy's
Bombs Kill Islanders. By RONALD FERNANDEZ, The Hartford Courant. Dec 1, 2000
'Depleted uranium': A tale of poisonous denial. THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, Monday, May 1, 2000
The U. S. Navy Must Leave Vieques Click
Development of a free Vieques Click
1947 memo from the Division of Territories and Island Possessions about a plan to move all the people of Vieques to St. Croix. First attempt from the Navy to get total control of Vieques.
John F. Kennedy and Vieques Letter from Puerto Rico's Governor, Luis Muñoz Marín, to President Kennedy about the reasons why not to forcibly remove the 8000 Vieques inhabitants and their ancestor's bodies from the cemeteries to turn the whole island over to the Navy.
Vieques: Centro de Actividad comercial de la
Marina, mayo 2001.
Vieques: Five Centuries of Struggle and resistance/
Historia de Vieques: Cinco Siglos de Lucha de un Pueblo Puertorriqueño By Robert Rabin, Vieques Historical Archives/Por Robert Rabin, Archivo Histórico de Vieques
Vieques: An Ecology under Siege/Vieques: ecologia asediada
By Robert Rabin, Vieques Historical Archives.
Navy's "Vieques Community Action Plan" By the U.S. Navy
Map from the Navy Map depicting the areas restricted to civilian use during Navy bombings. This one is from 1983.
Armas nucleares en Vieques en 1966? Nuclear Arms in Vieques in 1966?
Short Route/Ruta corta Map showing the long 1 1/2 hour ferry to Fajardo route in use now versus the short route to Puerto Rico that
not be used because the Navy controlled the west side of Vieques./ Mapa sobre la posible ruta corta hacia Puerto Rico desde el oeste de Vieques en lugar de la ruta de 1 1/2 horas hasta Fajardo en uso
See a Pictorial of the Navy impact in Vieques courtesy of the Vieques fishermen.
Columbia University's Urban Planning Program for the land
occupied by the Naval Ammunition Training Facilities in Vieques.