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Navy plans $127 million investment at NAS Whidbey Island

A P-8A Poseidon takes off. Congressman Rick Larsen announced today the Navy
A P-8A Poseidon takes off. Congressman Rick Larsen announced today the Navy's plans to make spend $127 million on construction projects, much of which will be put toward the new sub-hunters.
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PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON—The Navy plans to spend more than $127 million on construction projects at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, including $85 million for a hangar and training facilities for the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Congressman Rick Larsen, announced today.

"My top priority is to invest in the foundation of long-term economic growth that creates jobs and opportunity in the Pacific Northwest," said Larsen, a Second District Democrat.

"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. I am committed to making sure that Congress approves this funding so that Naval Air Station Whidbey Island continues to grow as a national strategic asset and local economic driver," he said.

The budget proposal includes $85 million for the construction of a P-8A aircraft hangar and training facilities, $32 million for facility improvements for the expanded EA-18G aircraft presence and $10 million to replace the fuel pier breakwater.

The budget proposal is available here.

Larsen is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which will consider the defense budget proposal in the months ahead.

Larsen announced $7 million in funding for the design of the P-8A hangar last month.

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