Posted by: arbeam | January 27, 2018

Navy Special Ops training in the Pacific Northwest EIS

Naval Special Operations Environmental Assessment

This provides public access to information about the Environmental Assessment for Naval Special Operations Training in Western Washington State.  The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) proposes to conduct small-unit land and cold-water maritime training activities for naval special operations personnel.  The proposed training would occur on selected nearshore lands and inland waters of Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, as well as the southwestern Washington coast. The intent of the proposed training is to build trainees’ skills, experience, and confidence by challenging them in a location with dynamic weather, land, and cold water conditions. As part of the rigorous training, the trainees learn skills needed to avoid detection along with the goal of leaving no trace of their presence during or after training activities.

The Navy has conducted training in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, including naval special operations training for the past 30 years.  Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, and the southwestern Washington coast, offer unique conditions and varied coastal conditions which create opportunities for realistic and challenging special operations training in a safe, sheltered, cold-water environment.

NSWC has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment that can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Paper copies of the document are available at the following public libraries: Anacortes Public Library, Bainbridge Public Library, Gig Harbor Library, Kitsap Regional Library – Poulsbo, Oak Harbor Public Library, Port Townsend Public Library, Sequim Branch Library, Tacoma Public Library – Main Branch, Timberland Regional Library – Ilwaco, and Timberland Regional Library – Westport. NSWC is accepting comments during a 30-day public comment period from January 22, 2018 to February 21, 2018. All comments submitted during the 30-day comment period will become part of the public record and comments will be addressed in the final Environmental Assessment. There are three ways to submit comments: at one of the three public meetings listed below, by e-mail to nwnepa@navy.mil, or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Project Manager, EV21.AW
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Three open house meetings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Poulsbo, WA
North Kitsap High School Commons
1780 NE Hostmark Street

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Port Townsend, WA

Blue Heron School Commons
3939 San Juan Avenue

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Oak Harbor, WA

Oak Harbor School District ASC Board Room
350 S. Oak Harbor Street

Click here for the Draft EA

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  1. […] “The Navy has conducted training in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, including naval special operations training for the past 30 years.  Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, and the southwestern Washington coast, offer unique conditions and varied coastal conditions which create opportunities for realistic and challenging special operations training in a safe, sheltered, cold-water environment.” US Navy […]

  2. I am favor of Alternative 3. From what I have read there seems to be little if any harm to the environment from increased SEAL training. Since the SEAL’s goal is to do their work unseen as possible I don’t see much opportunity for contact with the general public. I am sure there are protocols in place for the Seals to handle any situation when there is contact with a civilian.
    It is pretty obvious the nature of warfare has changed. It has gone asymmetric. Asymmetric warfare is the SEALS bread and butter. It is what they do. They need to have the resources to make them better than they are. Give it to them. Compared to what the SEALS mission is and what they have done (that we know about) how can us puget sounders get upset for any, “sacrifice” of access to the areas affected? Is your (our) agenda more important than theirs?


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