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Unmanned Aircraft Reporting

Drone Reporting

In accordance with NAVBASEKITSAPINST 5530.14B CH-3 and COMNAVREG NW NOTICE 3501.1 operating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Non-Traditional Airborne Technology (NTAT), or devices considered as aerial “drones” are prohibited on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) installations without authority granted by the commanding officer.

The following information further defines NTAT/UA/UAS: 

  1. A UA (also known as unmanned aircraft, non-traditional airborne technology, or drones) is a device that is used, or is intended to be used, for flight in the air with no onboard pilot.

  2. The nomenclature depends on the circumstances of which government agency or no-government entity is involved.

  3. Can be controlled either manually or through autopilot using a global positioning system or datalink to connect the pilot to the device.

  4. Can be powered by propellers, single or multiple rotors and turbine engines.

  5. Use for surveillance, commercial and recreational purposes. 

If you observe a UA onboard NBK installations – Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester, and Jackson Park – you should immediately call (360) 396-4444. This is the NON-emergency line directly into the Regional Dispatch Center.

You may also call the NBK Security desk at (360) 476-7299 (Bremerton), or (360) 396-6555 (Bangor).

The essential information NBK requests you provide are: 

  • Location – general reference point, landmark, street intersections, facilities

  • Description – general size, color, number of props, fixed wing or rotary wing, numbers on aircraft, external payload – i.e. cameras, lights, possible improvised explosive devices (IED)

    • Use known objects to provide altitude information such as "it was flying above the trees or below the third deck of building (name)".

  • Direction – heading away from or towards a specific location, north, east, etc.

  • Is the operator visible? Where? 

Upon completion of your call with RDC, taking photographs or video of the UA – if you can safely do so – would be extremely helpful for NBK Security. Your assistance in identifying these devices is essential for the safety and security of all NBK personnel and guests.

**PENALTIES: Use of UA devices can result in civil penalties imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if not properly registered and if flown in unauthorized locations, or if are not in accordance with FAA guidelines. Strict federal criminal penalties may also be imposed which can accumulate in fines and imprisonment. Military personnel will be charged IAW the UCMJ. ** 

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