Oak Harbor NASWI to get P-8A (737), our sincere condolences to Oak Harbor, Port Townsend, and the San Juans

imageby JANIS REID, Whidbey News-Times Staff Reporter
Today at 3:00AM updated at 6:22AM
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is tentatively approved for six P-8A Poseidon squadrons.

The six squadrons are slated to replace the base’s three existing P-3C squadrons.

The Navy will now undergo a 30-day waiting period, after which the assistant secretary of the Navy is expected to sign a record of decision.

The Navy has been conducting a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement since 2008 to consider alternative bases for Poseidons.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who has been a proponent of base expansion, released a statement Friday.

“Completion of the Supplemental EIS is another important step in the process of bringing the P-8As to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and an additional indicator of the Navy’s commitment to the base,” Larsen said.


this is from the EIS;

Although noise levels for the P-3C and P-8A flight profiles are similar for takeoffs and landings, the P-8A MMA flight profiles for touch and go operations are noticeably louder than those for the P-3C. The projected noise contours for the 65 dB DNL contours increase compared with the baseline contours under all alternatives.


“I am pleased the community was able to provide input to the Navy as it considers the potential environmental effects of the transition.”

The SEIS addresses potential environmental issues that may result from basing the six P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island. The navy has stated its preference to base six squadrons at NAS Whidbey and six squadrons NAS Jacksonville.

“I have long advocated bringing the P-8As to Whidbey Island because of the advantages for national security and the stability for the base,” Larsen said. “While the decision is not yet final, the Navy’s preference to house six squadrons at Whidbey Island furthers the base’s role as a preeminent maritime, patrol, electronic warfare and surveillance site in the Pacific.”

A copy of the Supplemental EIS is available online and at the Oak Harbor and Coupeville libraries.


This from the EIS:




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  1. Diane Ahuna

    Great! we don’t have enough noise in our neighborhood with the Growlers – now we’re having to look forward to a future of even
    greater pollution!

    Wonder if the Navy is willing to reimburse me for the depreciation of my home as a result….and pay for my medication so that I can sleep!

    What a world…

  2. Bobbi

    I live in Victoria, BC (Canada) and I’m positive that it’s these aircraft that I can hear plain as day from my house. Sometimes it’s like thunder, other times it could easily be mistaken for an earthquake. I can only imagine how loud it must be for the Washington residents that live closer to the airstrip.

    1. citizensofthereserve

      You ARE hearing the EA18Gs, please, contact your government representatives and complain. That is the only way this can be changed. You are being punished for OUR transgressions. Why we have to inflict our problem on another country is beyond me. The Growlers have to be moved elsewhere. Raise your voice!

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