SBX won't come to Everett

The Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-Based X-Band Radar won't be coming to Naval Station Everett, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen announced Thursday.

The radar platform, called the SBX, will be taken to Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle for maintenance on its propulsion systems.

Lack of pier space at Naval Station Everett was a factor in the decision, the congressman said.

“The SBX radar will undergo a heavy maintenance period at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle in the next year," Larsen said Thursday. "Naval Station Everett could not guarantee that pier space would be available for the SBX during the times requested by the Missile Defense Agency."

"I commend Todd Shipyards for taking on maintenance of the SBX," Larsen added. “I thank the Navy and the Missile Defense Agency for engaging with the local community and listening to their views on where to bring the SBX radar for maintenance.”

The Navy hosted town hall meetings in Everett and Langley to get public comment on bringing the SBX to Everett. Many of those at the South Whidbey meeting opposed bringing the military platform to Everett and criticized defense spending in general.

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