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Image from News Page titled: Flight Operations Notification for NAS Whidbey Island Complex
10/16/20

There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and at the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of Oct. 19-25, 2020.


 


 


 


 


 


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10/15/19

A reserve U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit from Naval Station Everett will conduct a Field Training Exercise on Saturday, October 19 on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Seaplane Base and in the waters of Crescent Harbor.


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10/15/19

Interested community members are invited to attend the next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the NAS Whidbey Island Chiefs' Club Ballroom, located at 1080 West Ault Field Road, Oak Harbor.


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09/06/19

The Navy has requested - and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has agreed - to re-initiate formal consultation on the potential effects on marbled murrelets from Growler airfield operations at NAS Whidbey Island.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Two Rescues Near Glacier Peak
08/05/19

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a male hiker with an injured ankle near Glacier Peak the evening of Thursday, August 1, and a female hiker with a head injury on Sunday, August 4.


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06/14/19

Two US Marine Corps CH-53Ehelicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter (HMH) squadron 361 based out ofMarine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., will perform daytime and nighttimeoperations at the Seaplane Base Survival area June 20 and 21, 2019.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island to Display Aircraft at Open House
06/14/19

This is a reminder that aviation fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the aircraft of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during its annual open house for the public on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Skier on Mount Baker
05/14/19

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured skier on the slopes of Mount Baker, May 13, 2019.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island will host Open House, 5K Run on June 22
05/08/19

NAS Whidbey Island will host its annual open house for the public on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Image from News Page titled: Navy Announces Record of Decision for Growler Environmental Impact Statement
03/14/19

After carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the proposed action analyzed in the Growler Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Navy has made the decision to implement Alternative 2A (the Preferred Alternative), which adds 36 EA-18G operational aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, stations additional personnel and their family members at the NAS Whidbey Island complex and in the surrounding community, constructs and renovates facilities at Ault Field, increases airfield operations at both Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville, and changes the distribution of field carrier landing practice (FCLP) to 20 percent occurring at Ault Field and 80 percent occurring at OLF Coupeville.


Image from News Page titled: Navy Will Award Hangar Contract at NAS Whidbey Island
01/29/19

This week the Navy will award a design-build contract for a maintenance hangar and supporting facilities at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and authorize the contractor to begin the design of the project.  Construction will not commence until the Navy approves the final design (anticipated no sooner than summer 2019). 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC From Port Townsend
11/29/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Port Townsend in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 29.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC And Rescue Over Weekend
10/23/18

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Whidbey Island Saturday, October 20, and also rescued a fallen hiker near Sauk Mountain, Wash., Sunday, October 21, 2018.


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10/22/18

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island is inviting the public to review and comment on the current draft National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to resolve adverse effects to historic properties resulting from increased Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville.   


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Two People Over Weekend
10/01/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Saturday, September 29.


For the first rescue on Saturday morning, the SAR crew were called to rescue a climber who had fallen approximately 40 feet near Mt. Shuksan, east of Bellingham, Wash. at an elevation of 5,500 feet.


The injured climber was hoisted aboard the SAR helicopter and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by 10:30 a.m.


For the second mission on Saturday afternoon, the SAR team flew to Snowking Mountain, southeast of Marblemount, Wash., to rescue a hiker at an elevation of 5,500 feet.  The hiker was unable to beat an incoming storm back to the trailhead because of an injured knee.


When the hiker was hoisted on board the helicopter he refused medical attention so he was dropped off at the Marblemount Ranger Station and handed over to the Park Rangers and Skagit County Sheriff Department.


NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 56 total missions throughout Washington State this year, including 41 rescues, eight searches and seven 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.


Image from News Page titled: Navy Releases Final EIS for Growler Operations at NAS Whidbey Island
09/28/18

The Navy has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing EA-18G Growler operations at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Complex. It contains updated information since the release of the Draft EIS in November 2016 and identifies Alternative 2A as the preferred alternative.


Image from News Page titled: Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule Change at NAS Whidbey Island Complex for week of Oct. 1-7, 2018
09/27/18

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field, the week of October 1 – 7, 2018. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. that week.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Rescue and MEDEVAC Saturday and Monday
09/12/18

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.

Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker Near Goat Mountain West
08/17/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a female hiker with a broken wrist near Goat Mountain West in the Cascade Mountains, August 16, 2018.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Completes Busy Weekend With Five Rescues
08/13/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted five rescues over the weekend beginning Friday, August 10, through Monday, August 13.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Injured Hiker On Forbidden Peak
08/03/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured climber on Forbidden Peak August 2, 2018.


Image from News Page titled: VP 9 Completes Orion to Poseidon Transition, Certified
07/09/18

The "Golden Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) NINE recently completed a successful six-month aircraft transition, from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon.  They are the ninth squadron to successfully transition to the Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation from Eliza Island
07/02/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Eliza Island on Sunday, Jul. 1, 2018, to Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts Two Rescues In Two Days
06/27/18

Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people in two days, Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26 2018.


Image from News Page titled: Navy Announces EIS Preferred Alternative for Growler Operations at NAS Whidbey Island and Releases NHPA Section 106 Consultation
06/26/18

The Navy has identified a preferred alternative in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing EA-18G Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville because it provides the best training for our pilots and impacts the fewest number of residents living in the community.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey SAR Rescues Two Climbers in Cascade Mountains
06/20/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Finds and Rescues Civilian Pilot
05/03/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a civilian pilot in the Olympic Mountains, Wednesday, May 2, 2018.


Image from News Page titled: Air station invites public to Open House, 5K Run on June 23
05/02/18

NAS Whidbey Island will host its annual open house for the public on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


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04/19/18

The following information is provided as part of the Navy's water testing program around the Area 6 landfill near Ault Field. As of April 13, 2018, the Navy has sampled 15 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells near the Area 6 Landfill.  


Image from News Page titled: VP-4 Welcomes Inaugural P-8A Deployment
04/12/18

The first wave of  P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 4’s “Skinny Dragons”  departed Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) for Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on April 2, commencing a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).


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03/12/18

The following information is provided as part of the Navy's water testing program around the Area 6 landfill near Ault Field. As of March 2, 2018, the Navy has sampled 14 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells near the Area 6 Landfill.   


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Injured Snowmobiler
03/05/18

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from the slopes of Mount Baker to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018. 


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02/20/18

Interested community members are invited to attend the next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the NAS Whidbey Island Chiefs' Club Ballroom, located at 1080 West Ault Field Road, Oak Harbor.   


Image from News Page titled: FORCE PROTECTION AND SECURITY EXERCISE
01/24/18

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, along with Commander Navy Region Northwest and other Navy bases in the Puget Sound and Seattle area will participate in an annual security readiness exercise, Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield (SC-CS18), from January 29 through February. 9, 2018.   


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Cardiac Patient from Port Angeles
12/29/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of six from Naval Air
Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Olympic
Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.
 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Heart Patient
12/20/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of seven from Naval Air
Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez
Island Airport, Lopez Island, Wash., to the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mt.
Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
 


Image from News Page titled: Naval Air Station Whidbey wins Installation Excellence Award Again
12/18/17

For the second time in
three years, Commander, Naval Installations Command selected NAS Whidbey Island
as the Navy’s top large installation this year and the overall recipient for
the Navy’s Installation Excellence Award.
 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Cardiac Patient
12/18/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of six from Naval Air
Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Olympic
Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. to the University of Washington Hospital
in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017.
 


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12/04/17

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – The “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142 will return to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Dec. 5 after a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident
11/22/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air
Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from
Lopez Island Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mt.
Vernon, Wash.
 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR conducts a Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident
11/21/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of six from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island Airport on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, to Paine Field in Everett, Wash. 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts MEDEVAC From Friday Harbor
11/16/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station
(NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Friday
Harbor to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, November
14, 2017.
 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Hiker at Deception Pass
10/23/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station
(NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured hiker at Deception Pass State Park in
Anacortes, Washington, on Saturday, October 21, 2017.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Injured Climber Off of Mount Olympus
10/12/17

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued an injured climber in the Olympic National Park on Wednesday October 11, 2017.


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Plane Crash Survivor in Olympic National Park
10/02/17




NAVAL AIR STATION
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash.
– A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station
(NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two rescues on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.  The first rescue was on Mt. Baker in the
Cascades, the second in the Olympic National Forest.




 


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09/22/17




The release of the Final
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing an increase of EA-18G Growler
aircraft at the NAS Whidbey Island complex, originally scheduled for autumn of
this year, is being extended for about 10 months.




 


Image from News Page titled: MOA for the Security Enhancement Project at OLF Open for Public Comment
09/08/17




Naval Air
Station (NAS) Whidbey Island is inviting the public to review and comment on
the current draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Outlying Landing Field
(OLF) Coupeville’s Security Enhancement Projects. 




 


Image from News Page titled: Coast Guard Training at NAS Whidbey Island
09/08/17

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct training from Sept. 16 and 17, 2017, on Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island near the Crescent Harbor housing community.


 


Image from News Page titled: Meeting and permit required if you want to hunt on base
08/31/17

People interested in hunting on NAS Whidbey Island property during the 2017-2018 season are invited to attend one of two “One-Stop-Shop” meetings being held in August and September.


Meetings are scheduled tonight, Aug. 31 and Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bldg 130, Gallery Golf Course. Information handouts will cover on-base hunting permit requirements, hunting areas and base access procedures. Hunters may register, pay the $13 permit fee and receive an installation hunting permit. 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Second Rescue off Mt. Stuart
08/08/17




NAVAL AIR STATION
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash.
– The day after rescuing an injured 64-year-old hiker off
Mount Stuart on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, another Search and Rescue (SAR) team from
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island evacuated his 60-year-old climbing partner
Monday afternoon. 




 


Image from News Page titled: VAQ-129 Holds Change of Command at NAS Whidbey Island
08/07/17




NAVAL AIR STATION
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS)
-- The "Vikings" of Electronic Attack
Squadron (VAQ) 129 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station
Whidbey Island, Washington, August 1, 2017.




 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues injured man from Mt. Stuart
08/07/17




NAVAL AIR STATION
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash.
– A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station
(NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a 64-year-old man who suffered serious injuries in
a fall on Mount Stuart in Chelan County on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.




 


Image from News Page titled: NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Hiker in Olympic National Park
08/04/17

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a 24-year-old hiker in the Olympic National Park early Friday morning, Aug. 4, 2017.