Naval Base Guam will break ground this week on a new fleet hospital, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas announced Tuesday.

The $158 million facility will replace the existing base hospital and provide more space and the latest in-patient and out-patient technologies, according to the Navy.

Work will be phased in so the current hospital will stay open until the new facility is complete, the Navy said.

The project is slated to be done by 2014, though the Navy said it is not part of an historic military buildup on Guam also planned for completion that year.

A hospital groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday at 10 a.m. on Naval Base Guam.

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