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Unmanned Arial Systems reporting:

The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or “Drones” provides the ability to use camera systems at high altitudes. UAS are prohibited on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) installations without authorization from the Commanding Officer. NBK is requesting your assistance in reporting any UAS device seen on any NBK installations. Please immediately call (360) 396-4444. Taking photographs of the UAS can also be helpful if you are safely able to do so. Your assistance in identifying these devices is crucial to the safety and security of NBK personnel and guests. 


A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue Sunday, September 9, and a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) Monday, September 10, 2018.


Early in the morning on Sunday, SAR rescued three, uninjured male climbers stuck on a 9,300-foot-high ledge of Mount Stuart, approximately 30 miles southwest of Leavenworth, Wash.  The climbers were unprepared for the plummeting nighttime temperatures and were beginning to succumb to hypothermia. Once the climbers were hoisted onboard the helicopter they were taken to Boeing Field, where they landed just before 3:30 a.m.


A SAR team then flew to Lopez Island mid-morning Monday and picked up a 70-year-old male patient suffering from a possible stroke.  He was flown to higher care at Harborview Medical Center.


NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 47 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including 34 rescues, eight searches and five medical evacuations.


The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue/medical evacuation (SAR/MEDEVAC) platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation.  Pursuant to the National SAR Plan of the United States, the unit may also be used for civil SAR/MEDEVAC needs to the fullest extent practicable on a non-interference basis with primary military duties according to applicable national directives, plans, guidelines and agreements; specifically, the unit may launch in response to tasking by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (based on a Washington State Memorandum of Understanding) for inland missions, and/or tasking by the United States Coast Guard for all other aeronautical and maritime regions, when other assets are unavailable.



Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field, and Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., during the week of September 10-16, 2018.

People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.

Both runways at Ault Field are now open. If OLF Coupeville closes due to weather, Ault Field will become the backup airfield for OLF scheduled operations. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules.


Coupeville carrier operations

Day                                         Time Frame

Monday, September 10 Evening to Night

Tuesday, September 11 Late Afternoon to Early Evening

Wednesday, September 12 Evening to Night

Thursday, September 13 Evening to Night


Ault Field carrier operations

Day                                         Time Frame

Friday, September 14 Late Morning to Early Afternoon


The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance.

NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. Schedules for OLF Coupeville and Ault Field will continue to be released weekly for community planning purposes.  Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island’s comment line at (360) 257-6665, or via e-mail:

Comments regarding flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen. We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. All other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at (360) 257-2286.

The Navy’s OLF at Coupeville is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations around the world.

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