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.
The CH-53E is a large helicopter and should be noticeable to people living near Seaplane Base areas. The HMH-361 unit is conducting training missionsthis month with Army units at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). Due tosimultaneous Army Aviation Brigade exercises at the Army's Yakima trainingrange, the Marines requested use of Navy training areas on Whidbey Islandfor critical required training.
The Navy's Seaplane Base Survival Area on Crescent Harbor is a criticalnational security asset that provides essential training for militaryhelicopter crews and other special operations units. Operationally, the USMCrequested activity fits within historical and planned use of the SeaplaneBase Survival Area and is covered under the 2010 Northwest Training RangeComplex EIS.
Concerns about these flight operations should note the time an eventoccurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possibleabout what was seen and sent to the NAS Whidbey Island comment line at360-257-6665, or via email to comments.NASWI@navy.mil . We also ask thatpeople leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. Pleasedirect all other questions to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Officeat (360) 257-2286 or via email to WHDB_NASWI_PAO@navy.mil.