The Navy plans to spend more than $127 million on construction projects at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, including $85 million for a hangar and training facilities for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, announced today.
"My top priority is to invest in the foundation of long-term economic growth that creates jobs and opportunity in the Pacific Northwest," Larsen said. "This major investment will create hundreds of jobs on Whidbey Island and secure the future of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as one of the Navy's most valuable Pacific assets. I am committed to making sure that Congress approves this funding so that Naval Air Station Whidbey Island continues to grow as a national strategic asset and local economic driver."
The budget proposal includes $85.176 million for the construction of a P-8A aircraft hangar and training facilities, $32.482 million for facility improvements for the expanded EA-18G aircraft presence and $10 million to replace the fuel pier breakwater. The budget proposal is available here.
Larsen is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which will consider the defense budget proposal in the months ahead.
Larsen announced $7 million in funding for the design of the P-8A hangar last month.