Feb 15 Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific Tour (Note the Date Change) This Tour is full.
March 30–Boeing Renton 737 Final Assembly and P-8 Installation and Checkout Facility 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM The Boeing 737 and P-8 tour is an unusual opportunity. We are limited to 25 guests.
April possible sub tour
May 19 – NAVMAG Indian Island at 9 AM
June 8– US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU)
Boeing P-8 Tour
Boeing Commercial Airplanes employees assemble the P-8 aircraft — which are based on the company’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane — in Renton, Wash. Following final assembly, the P-8s make a short flight to Boeing Field. Inside a new facility, Defense, Space & Security employees will complete systems installation and testing prior to customer delivery.
Boeing is using a proven in-line production process to efficiently design and build the aircraft. All aircraft modifications unique to the P-8 are made in sequence during fabrication and assembly. Implementing established best practices and common, commercial production-system tools enables the team to reduce flow time and cost while ensuring quality.
The P-8 is built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, GE Aviation and BAE Systems.
The Navy P-8 Squadrons are stationed at NAS Whidbey Island and NAS Jacksonville FL.
Navmag Indian Island
NAVMAG is one of two West Coast ports upgraded for the efficient trans-shipment of containerized ammunition in the event of mobilization. The Department of Defense’s largest crane is at the Indian Island ammunition pier.
US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU Bangor)
Because the US Navy does not have law enforcement authority a unique arrangement was made with the USCG in that, while the 150 personnel in the MFPU are members of the Coast Guard and their boats have Coast Guard paint and markings, all assets are actually owned by the Navy. And all costs, including for personnel, are paid for by the Navy.
There are four types of boat used in SSBN escort service. The largest is the 250′ blocking vessel. Then there is the 87′ reaction vessel, next a 64′ large screening vessel and finally the 33′ small screening vessel (which is made by SAFE Boats in Bremerton). Each type is used every time as a Security Package.
Please let me know if you want to attend. The last 2 tours have been oversubscribed, so it is good to get your notice in first before the slots are gone. When I get particulars about security requirements and time & place to meet, I will let the folks who sign up know. US citizenship is required.