- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Navy has finished transferring artifacts from a facility at the Washington Navy Yard to one in Richmond.

The move announced Tuesday is part of an ongoing project to transfer more than 300,000 artifacts from warehouses at three different locations.

Completing the project is expected to take another 15 months. Once finished, it will allow the Navy to centrally locate the vast majority of its artifacts.

The Naval History and Heritage Command says the consolidation will result in improved care, management and oversight of the collection. The Navy says the refurbished building in Richmond has better environmental controls for high-risk artifacts, proper shelving and an area for conserving and preserving the artifacts.

The Navy says the move doesn’t affect the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, which remains in Washington.

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