Navy exploring increasing the number of squadrons of P-8A Poseidon aircraft
Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) commended an announcement by the U.S. Navy on their intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the introduction of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) to the U.S. Navy Fleet. The Navy will study three alternatives to its 2008 Record of Decision (ROD), which could result in as many as seven squadrons and a total of 49 aircraft to Navy Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). A final decision is expected early 2014.
"Whidbey Island continues to be a premier naval aviation installation, with strategic location and strong community support," Murray said. "The Navy's decision to pursue additional Poseidon squadrons at NASWI is not only a smart fiscal decision, but also a vital national security imperative. I am grateful to Congressman Larsen for his leadership on this and will continue to work with him as this process unfolds in the months and years to come."
"This news shows the Navy's steadfast commitment to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and provides further assurance that the future of the base is secure," Larsen said. "Sen. Murray and I have long advocated bringing the P-8As to Whidbey Island. It is the right decision to serve our national security and it protects the future of the base on Whidbey Island."