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Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment)

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, and Environment) for all matters pertaining to environmental protection, compliance, restoration, and technology, and management of natural, historical and cultural resources for Department of Navy (DON) activities worldwide.

The DASN (Environment) is the DoD/DON liaison for the following groups and agencies:

  • President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Environmental Council of States
  • Various environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Numerous other organizations and task force

DASN Environment’s program elements, including Environmental Restoration, Environmental Quality (Compliance, Conservation, and Pollution Prevention), Environmental Technology, and Historical Preservation, comprise a total annual program of over $1 billion.

The DASN Environment provides policy, direction and oversight for program elements within the Department of Navy (Navy and Marine Corps) and the Department of Defense (DoD).


Karnig H. Ohannessian
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy


  • U.S. Navy and Marine Species Monitoring

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 US Department of Navy Issuances

​SECNAV Environmental Instructions

  • ​Environmental Planning for Department of the Navy Actions
​(SECNAVINST 5090.6B) - 10/9/2018  
  • ​Access to Ships and Shore Facilities, and Release of Information Regarding Navy Oil Spills
(SECNAVINT 5090.7B) - 12/21/2018
  • ​Policy for Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, and Cultural Resources Programs
(SECNAVINST 5090.8B) - 10/18/2018
  • ​Department of the Navy Policy for Consultation with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
(SECNAVINST 11010.14B) - 1/18/2019
  • ​Department of the Navy Cultural Resources Program 
(SECNAVINST 4000.35B) - 4/16/2019

 SECNAV Environmental Awards

​2019 Environmental Awards

Natural Resources Conservation - Small Installation
​USN:  Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Fallbrook
USMC:  Marine Corps Base Hawaii
​Natural Resources Conservation - Individual/Team
​USN:  Natural Resources Common Tern Nesting Team Naval Station Great Lakes
USMC:  Resource Enforcement/Compliance Section Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Environmental Quality – Non-Industrial Installation
​USN:  Naval Air Station Whiting Field
USMC:  Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Environmental Quality – Individual/Team
​USN:  Environmental Information Management System Program Team, United States Fleet Forces Command
USMC:  He Xu-Sadri Marine Corps Base Hawaii
​Sustainability, Industrial Installation
​USN:  Naval Base Kitsap
​Environmental Restoration, Installation
​USN:  Naval Weapons Station Yorktown
​Environmental Restoration – Individual/Team
​USN:  Vieques Environmental Restoration Team, Puerto Rico
​Cultural Resources Management - Large Installation
​USN:  Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
USMC:  Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Japan
Afloat Environmental Award
​USS: Tennessee