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Kings Bay Entrance Channel (NAVY O&M)

May 2020


Kings Bay Entrance Channel (NAVY O&M)
Operations & Maintenance
Congressional District: 4


The authorized military project coincides with the authorized civil works project, Fernandina Harbor to the entrance of the Amelia River. The authorized project provides for a channel 46 feet deep 500 feet wide from the ocean to the entrance of Amelia River where the channel turns north and transitions to 45 feet deep and 500 feet wide. The channel then continues north to Drum Island where it transitions to 44 feet deep and 500 feet wide and turns into Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.



Allocation for FY20 (Navy) $24,457,000
President’s Budget FY21  $21,364,000



US NAVY Kings Bay Commander
Naval Submarine Base
Kings Bay, GA 31547-9999


Kings Bay Entrance Channel is dredged annually and is funded 100% with Navy funding. The project requires a hopper dredge to complete the work due to NSB Kings Bay security requirements and has environmental windows for sea turtles and migratory birds. The FY20 contract was physically completed in March 2020. The FY21 contract is scheduled to be awarded in September 2020 and commence in December 2020.

Non-beach quality material will be placed in the Offshore Dredge Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) and beach quality material placed on Fernandina Beach, Florida and/or Fort Clinch Park, Florida. This project returns the channel to its authorized dimensions and allows for the safe passage of Trident Submarines into King's Bay Trident Submarine Base from the Atlantic Ocean.