Posted by: arbeam | January 28, 2014

Public invited to comment on proposed Navy range changes

A public meeting will be held Feb. 28 in the North Kitsap High School commons, 1780 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo. An open house starts at 5 p.m., followed by a short presentation by the Navy at 6:30 p.m. Comments will be accepted.

Northwest Training and Testing EIS

Northwest Training and Testing EIS

BANGOR — The Navy wants to beef up training and testing at its Northwest ranges and is examining their potential effects.

Most of the activities were analyzed earlier, and are being reassessed. New ones being considered include the use of new and existing unmanned vehicles and their acoustic sensors; use of .50-caliber blanks in Puget Sound in security training; limited high-frequency sonar use in Puget Sound; and a biennial mine countermeasure training.

The activities are being increased to a level the Navy says it’ll need by October 2015 to accommodate new ships, planes and weapons systems.

The training and testing would primarily be conducted within existing ranges, operating areas, testing ranges and select pierside locations, including sonar testing at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and Naval Station Everett.

Locally, there’s the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Range Complex that comprises most of northern Hood Canal and an area off Keyport, and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Underwater Training Range off of Bangor.

The public is invited to learn more about the project, view a map of the area and submit comments at                                                                                                                                        US Navy Announcement

By Kitsap Sun Monday, January 27, 2014


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