Posted by: arbeam | February 23, 2013

Navy holding open house on electromagnetic measuring system

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BANGOR — The Navy invites the public to a meeting March 6 about a draft environmental assessment for a proposed Hood Canal electromagnetic measurement ranging system. The event will be 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Central Kitsap High School, 3700 Anderson Hill Road in Silverdale.

The range would measure the electromagnetic signatures of the area’s submarines. Magnetic signatures can build up and be detected by planes and ships. The signatures must be reset occasionally at a magnetic silencing facility by exposing the boat to high electrical currents. Subs must now go to San Diego or Hawaii to be measured.

The range would be just north of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in the Hood Canal Military Operating Area North. It would comprise a 400-foot-wide array of 21 sensors that along with cables would be buried 4 feet deep. There also would be a 15- by 15-foot offshore platform and navigational aid.

The range wouldn’t interfere with recreational activities, according to the Navy.

Construction would take place July 15, 2014, to Oct. 1, 2014.

The draft document can be viewed at https://portal.navfac.navy.mil/portal/page/portal/navfac/navfac_ww_pp/navfac_efanw_pp.

Comments, which will be considered in preparing the final environmental assessment, can be made at the public meeting, via an online form at www.emmrea.com, or mailed to Navy EMMR System EA Team, NAVFAC Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Room 203, Silverale WA 98315. They must be received before midnight March 20.

Kitsap Sun article

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