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Press Release 24-14
June 4, 2014

Navy Releases Record of Decision for the Introduction of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft into the U.S. Navy Fleet

NORFOLK, Va. – The Department of the Navy, after carefully weighing public comments, as well as strategic, operational, and environmental effects of the proposed action, has announced the signing of a Record of Decision (ROD) for the introduction of the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft into the U.S. Navy fleet. The decision is to home base the P-8A squadrons as described in Alternative 1 of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was published in the Federal Register April 25, 2014.

Alternative 1, identified as the preferred alternative in the Final Supplemental EIS, calls for home basing six fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Squadron at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla. and six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. This alternative also includes a permanent rotating squadron detachment at Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, with periodic squadron detachments to Naval Base (NB) Coronado, Calif.

Alternative 1 presents the greatest re-use of existing facilities and optimizes manpower, simulators, and facilities at NAS Jacksonville and NAS Whidbey Island.

A Notice of Record of Decision has been published in the Federal Register, and the complete text of the ROD is available for review on the project website at The Final Supplemental EIS and supporting documents are also available on this website. A copy of the ROD may be obtained by writing to the P-8A SEIS Project Manager, at: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic/EV21CZ, 6506 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23508. Copies of the ROD have also been distributed to the following libraries for public review:

NAS Jacksonville, Florida
Webb-Wesconnett Regional Branch
Jacksonville Public Library
6887 103rd Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Kaneohe Public Library
45-829 Kamehameha Highway
Honolulu, HI 96744

NB Coronado, California
Coronado Public Library
640 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
NAS Whidbey Island, Washington
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