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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release 21-14
April 25, 2014

Navy Releases Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for P-8A Home Basing

By U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register concerning the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the home basing of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The Final SEIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing P-8A squadrons at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., and NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.

This document supplements the original 2008 Final EIS, which determined that the Poseidon would be based at three installations – NAS Jacksonville, NAS Whidbey Island and Marine Corps Base (MCB) Kaneohe Bay, Hi. The Navy now proposes to achieve operational savings and efficiencies by basing the aircraft at two, vice three bases. Alternative 1 has been identified in the Final SEIS as the preferred alternative, and calls for basing six fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Jacksonville and six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island. The proposed action also includes a permanent rotating squadron detachment at MCB Kaneohe Bay, with periodic squadron detachments to Naval Base Coronado, Calif.

The P-8A is a safe, reliable airframe, and is the military version of the commercial Boeing 737. It replaces the venerable P-3C Orion aircraft, that is nearing the end of its service life. The first P-8A aircraft began operating at NAS Jacksonville in 2012.

Public input was a valuable part of the SEIS process, and the Navy accepted input throughout the public comment period conducted from September 20 to December 2, 2013. The Final SEIS addresses comments received during this period. The Final Supplemental EIS is available for review at www.mmaseis.com and has been distributed for review at the following local libraries:

NAS Jacksonville, Fla.:
Webb-Wesconnett Regional Branch
Jacksonville Public Library
6887 103rd Street
Jacksonville, Fla. 32210

MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, Hi.:
Kaneohe Public Library
45-829 Kamehameha Highway
Honolulu, Hi. 96744

NB Coronado, Calif.:
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, Calif. 92118

NAS Whidbey Island, Wa.:
Oak Harbor City Library
1000 SE Regatta Drive
Oak Harbor, Wa. 98277

Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th Street
Anacortes, Wa. 98221

La Conner Regional Library
614 Morris Street
La Conner, Wa. 98257

Coupeville Public Library
788 NW Alexander Street
Coupeville, Wa. 98239

This Notice of Availability begins a mandatory 30-day waiting period, after which the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, or his representative, will sign a Record of Decision which will be published in the Federal Register.

-USFF-