Sea Service News

  • 09 Jul 2021 21:32 | Anonymous

    CAPT Jed Boba (left) shakes hands with the incoming Coast Guard Base Seattle CO, CAPT Ibrahim Khalil (right), during a change of command ceremony in Seattle on July 7. RADM Jon Hickey, Director of Operational Logistics, presided over the event.  See DETAILS.

  • 06 Jul 2021 11:30 | Anonymous

    Read Captain Matt Arny's  farewell message below.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -                                                            RELEASE 21-051

    July 6, 2021

    Fair winds and Farewell

    NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – I’m filled with conflicting emotions as I prepare to “depart the pattern” and embark on a new journey. I’m excited for what lies ahead, yet grateful for what I have experienced here.

    The United States Navy has been part of my entire life. Growing up as the son of a Navy officer, I knew from an early age what I wanted to do and followed that dream.  My career and my life is intrinsically linked with the Navy. Even with all the uprooting of constant moves and painful separations from family, I can honestly say without hesitation I’d have wanted it no other way.  My life in and around the Navy has been immensely rewarding, with the culmination of all that as the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) and Commander of the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC).

    A significant part of that is due to the people I have met, come to know and work with, active duty and civilian. As commanding officer, I have seen first-hand the diligence and dedication of the people who work here. We often use the term “Team Whidbey” to describe the culture here, and while it may sound cliché to some, it’s a plain reality around the base. I say “around the base” because I consider the local community part of our team.  Simply by being here, communicating with us, and working with us, the community is taking part in shaping our national defense.  I hope that as our nation’s Independence Day passed recently, everyone in this community was able to reflect on how this unique and special community is a significant part of forming the defense of our entire country and can take pride in that.  Our nation still has adversaries in the world who would have our freedoms diminish, but just the existence of capabilities like those we practice here discourage those threats from gaining momentum.

    I realize there are folks living here who express opposition to our flight operations. We understand that and we do what we can to alleviate impacts from noise while we all support the real-time needs of our national defense mission. Even so, we invest considerable time and energy into monitoring, reviewing and communicating about people’s concerns regarding aircraft noise, with daily review of all complaints to ensure we stay within FAA regulations and standard operating procedures.

    While Team Whidbey is strongly mission-focused, we go above-and-beyond anywhere we reasonably can to support our shared community.  For example, while there is no legal requirement for air stations to establish and maintain a noise complaint system, we chose to put forward the additional expense and effort to implement our current system, and continually try to improve it.  The complaint line helps to identify those rare occasions where pilots may unintentionally deviate from standard flight procedures. It’s also worth noting that even though publicly sharing our weekly flight schedule as we do has been controversial within the Navy due to operational security concerns, we successfully negotiated within our Navy community to continue to do so out of a desire to help our community here with their planning needs.  Ultimately, actions like these that I have fought to keep at NASWI, help us work together to minimize the effects of noise across our neighboring communities while we, as a community, support our nation’s defense.

    I am profoundly grateful to NASWI personnel and to the local community for all the support my family and I have received since we arrived. The splendor of the area and the hospitality of the local people are simply remarkable. I will cherish my time as the commanding officer of this incredible air station, and I have the utmost confidence Team Whidbey will continue to work together to defend our nation and thrive together as I pass command to my successor. I know he and his family will receive the same consideration and welcome as he assumes command July 9.

    Thank you for your part in keeping our country safe and I hope to see you in the future.

    CAPT Matt Arny

    Commanding Officer

    NAS Whidbey Island

  • 05 Jul 2021 10:13 | Anonymous
    The Nimitz-class carrier is changing homeports for some planned upgrades and MAINTENANCE.
  • 01 Jul 2021 18:07 | Anonymous

    Rear Admiral Jack Vogt, a valued Council friend, was relieved as District 13 Commander July 1st, and heads into retirement.  Fair winds and following seas, ADMIRAL!

  • 26 Jun 2021 11:04 | Anonymous

    Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter W. Gautier, acting commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area and Defense Forces West, salutes Captain Kenneth Boda during the USCGC Healy change of command ceremony aboard the cutter moored at Base Seattle, June 25. Boda relieved Captain Mary Ellen Durley as Healy’s commanding officer.   (USCG photo by Ensign Maddie Colwell) 

    Read the full NEWS RELEASE.          

  • 25 Jun 2021 14:12 | Anonymous

    Changes can happen fast at the Flag Officer level.  Vice Admiral Linda Fagan woke up June 16th as the Coast Guard's Pacific Area Commander (3 stars), based in Alameda, CA.  Later in the day, she was relieved of that command.  Two days later, she was promoted in Washington, DC, and became the Coast Guard's Vice Commandant, the first CG woman to attain 4-star rank.  (Be sure to see the photos.) 

    Here's the NEWS RELEASE. 

    Promotion Photo

    Change of Watch photo

  • 10 Jun 2021 11:12 | Anonymous

    It was the first real-world test of the Boeing-built T1 prototype for the Navy’s MQ-25A Stingray unmanned AERIAL VEHICLE.

  • 02 Jun 2021 19:38 | Anonymous

    The new vessels will be the initial part of the next generation of GUIDED MISSILE FRIGATES

  • 01 Jun 2021 13:58 | Anonymous

    Biden's 2022 spending proposal comes despite calls for additional Coast Guard financial RESOURCES.

  • 26 May 2021 13:33 | Anonymous

    The Coast Guard cutter returned to its homeport May 21st, after a 49-day patrol in the EASTERN PACIFIC.

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