Upcoming Helicopter Training at Seaplane Base Survival Area

080119-F-1644L-172 A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter approaches a HC-130 Hercules for an inflight refueling over Africa on Jan. 19, 2008. The helicopter is from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 of Marine Corps Air Station, Jacksonville, N.C. The Hercules is attached to the 71st Expeditionary Search and Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force base, Ga., and is deployed to the Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa located at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

NAS Whidbey Island, WA – Two US Marine Corps CH-53E
helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter (HMH) squadron 361 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., will perform daytime and nighttime operations at the Seaplane Base Survival area June 20 and 21, 2019.

The CH-53E is a large helicopter and should be noticeable to people living near Seaplane Base areas. The HMH-361 unit is conducting training missions this month with Army units at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM). Due to simultaneous Army Aviation Brigade exercises at the Army’s Yakima training range, the Marines requested use of Navy training areas on Whidbey Island
for critical required training.

The Navy’s Seaplane Base Survival Area on Crescent Harbor is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for military helicopter crews and other special operations units. Operationally, the USMC requested activity fits within historical and planned use of the Seaplane Base Survival Area and is covered under the 2010 Northwest Training Range Complex EIS.

Concerns about these flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen and sent to the NAS Whidbey Island comment line at 360-257-6665, or via email to comments.NASWI@navy.mil . We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. Please direct all other questions to the NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office
at (360) 257-2286 or via email to WHDB_NASWI_PAO@navy.mil.



Information Written and Provided by: 
Michael Welding
Public Affairs Officer
3730 N Charles Porter Ave.
Oak Harbor, Wash., 98278


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