Press Release Regarding New Growler Alternatives - Please click here for a copy of the press release regarding the Navy's incorporation of additional force structure alternatives into the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Past announcements can be viewed on this website by selecting the “Public Involvement” tab above or by clicking here.


The Department of the Navy (Navy) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental effects associatedDepartment of the Navy Logo with ongoing and future Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville. In addition, the EIS will evaluate the proposed introduction of two additional expeditionary electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons and the addition of aircraft to the training squadron. The purpose of the proposed action is to continue to support the Navy’s VAQ aircraft capabilities at NAS Whidbey Island, maintain VAQ operational readiness to support national defense needs, and to sustain and continue to support all other aircraft missions at NAS Whidbey Island. Once completed, the EIS will meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 as well as all applicable state environmental regulations.

The Navy is committed to engaging the community throughout the EIS process. This website provides information about the EIS process, including previously completed NEPA studies for NAS Whidbey Island; project background; EIS project schedule; and opportunities for public involvement. Updates to this website will be made throughout the EIS process to keep you informed about the project.

Please use the buttons at the top of the webpage to navigate through the site and learn more about the proposed project and how you can participate.

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