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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 576-99
December 17, 1999

CNO CONFIRMS NAVY IS Y2K READY

The Chief of Naval Operations has released a statement saying he is "optimistic that there will be no significant problems for the Navy with Y2K." In the message, Adm. Jay L. Johnson outlines what the Navy has accomplished and what to expect as the year 2000 starts.

Johnson says the 592 Navy afloat, airborne, and ashore mission critical systems and all of the 1,412 Navy mission support systems are Y2K-ready.

Johnson congratulated the sailors and civilians who have been "working tirelessly to assess, renovate, implement, and test the hundreds of thousands of individual installations that required Y2K upgrades. This incredible effort was even more impressive as we are a rotational force, forward deployed, and far away from home-based technical support."

Johnson continued by saying "ongoing combat operations like Southern Watch in Iraq and Allied Force in Kosovo were conducted at the same time we were working to get the Navy ready for Y2K. The enormous effort of our people, fleets, systems, commands, laboratories and bases has resulted in the Navy being combat ready for the year 2000."

Last summer, the Navy issued a comprehensive contingency planning/consequence management concept program so that all commands could plan for the Y2K transition period and allow families to make their holiday plans. Likewise, continuity of operations plans have been developed and exercised and are in place to deal with any problems that may develop.

The Navy completed its work by using Battle Group System Integration Tests (BGSITS) during the spring and summer. These tests involved rolling ship's system clocks ahead to January 2000, and to Feb. 29 and March 1, 2000 (leap year) and then operating all the ships and aircraft and related systems of a battle group together.

BGSITS exercised all ship's systems including the firing of Tomahawk missiles. Similar tests ashore were conducted that validated the continuation of services at Navy bases, pay, personnel, and logistics systems that will provide support for Navy people and missions in the year 2000 and beyond.

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