Suspect Pleads Guilty to 2016 Laser Strike on Coast Guard Air Crew

A Port Angeles-area man pleaded guilty Monday at the U.S. District Court in Tacoma for aiming a laser pointer at a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles aircrew in 2016. Randall Muck, 35, pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of assault on a federal officer under Title 18 U.S. Code Section 111a. Muck was sentenced to 90 days of home…

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Carrier Air Wing 3 Returns from Eisenhower Strike Group Deployment

The nine aircraft squadrons of Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jul. 13 after their six-month deployment aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) departed Norfolk for deployment on…

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VP-1 Takes Part in Northern Edge 21

May 13, 2021 – “It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.” – President George Washington, Nov. 15, 1781 Ranging from Arctic Alaska to subtropical Florida, the bald eagle is an adaptable bird of prey that uses its considerable…

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Amentum Awarded $57 Million Task Order for Navy Maintenance and Sustainment Services

March 30, 2021 – Amentum, a leading contractor to U.S. federal and allied governments, has been awarded a $57 million task order under the Contract Field Teams (CFT) contract to provide maintenance and sustainment services for the Commander, Electronic Attack WING U.S. Pacific Fleet at VAQ-129 Whidbey Island, Wash. “We look forward to returning to Whidbey Island and providing these…

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Boeing Begins EA-18G Upgrade Program at NAS Whidbey Island

March 19, 2021 — Boeing has started a five-year modification program for the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler fleet with the induction of the first jet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The modifications are focused on updating the jets’ structural and mission systems architecture, enabling future capability growth for the Navy’s 160 Growler aircraft. Growlers serve a critical role in…

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Aircraft Noise Monitoring at NAS Whidbey Island and NAS Lemoore

March 27, 2020 – The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 directed the Department of the Navy to provide a report to the congressional defense committees by March 20, 2020 on real-time sound monitoring at no fewer than two Navy installations on the west coast. Pursuant to this directive, the Navy will conduct real-time noise monitoring of…

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