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 has been in the works for quite a few years. In fact, last time I was up at NAS Whidbey, I saw one of the OT&E P-8s flying into there.
Of course, the usual local cranks are up in arms, never mind that the 737-based P-8 is a lot quieter than just about everything that has ever been stationed there.