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Navy awards $17.9 million contract to build Marine headquarters at Naval Base Guam

A Virginia-based company has been awarded a $17.9 million contract to build a waterfront headquarters building at Naval Base Guam as part of plans to relocate Okinawa-based Marines to the tiny Western Pacific territory in the coming years, Navy officials said Tuesday.

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