Navy earmarks millions for Whidbey base

The Navy plans to spend more than $127 million on construction projects at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, including $85 million for a hangar and training facilities for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Rep. Rick Larsen announced Wednesday.

“This major investment will create hundreds of jobs on Whidbey Island and secure the future of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as one of the Navy’s most valuable Pacific assets,” Larsen said in a release.

The budget proposal includes $85.176 million for the construction of a P-8A aircraft hangar and training facilities, $32.482 million for facility improvements for the expanded EA-18G aircraft presence and $10 million to replace the fuel pier breakwater.

Larsen is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which will consider the defense budget proposal in the months ahead. He announced $7 million in funding for the design of the P-8A hangar last month.


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