Washington State Sues Navy Over NAS Whidbey Island

July 9, 2019 – Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island. In March, the Navy authorized an expansion of its Growler program, increasing Growler take-offs and landings to nearly 100,000 per year for the next 30 years. Growlers are aircraft that fly low in order to jam enemy communications. The aircraft’s training regimen involves frequent, loud take-offs and landings. The Attorney General’s Office asserts that the Navy’s environmental review process for the expansion…

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Whidbey Island Search-and-Rescue Sailors Safeguard Lives

The smell of pine trees and the peacefulness of rushing rivers in the high country is evident across much of the state of Washington. The region is a hiker’s dream. However, this beautiful landscape has a potentially lethal side that can claim the lives of even the most-experienced hikers. Luckily, sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team are on 24-hour duty. Saving People “Our job is to go out and save people, whether it’s pulling them out from the water or from the side of a…

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VP-9 Transitions from Orion to Poseidon

With a new year comes unique challenges and pioneering opportunities. For the Golden Eagles of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9, 2018 brings a new aircraft, a new home, and a new beginning. After 54 years of relentless dedication and service in the P-3 Orion, VP-9 started their new year with the transition to the P-8 Poseidon. The P-8 Poseidon will be the fourth distinguished aircraft flown by VP-9 since its commissioning in 1951. Preceding aircraft included the P4Y-2 Privateer, P2V Neptune, and all variants of the P-3 Orion (A/B/C/UII/UIII/ and AIP).…

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Unsafe Russian Military Practices

The United States notes with the highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices, over the Black Sea on January 29. As confirmed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe, a Russian SU-27 engaged in an unsafe interaction with a U.S. EP-3 in international airspace, with the Russia pilot closing to within 5 feet and crossing directly in front of the EP-3’s flight path. While the U.S. aircraft was operating under international law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law, in this case the…

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