‘Giant Voice’ speaks out on base

Don’t worry if you start hearing voices on the Navy base next week.

A new and improved public address system nicknamed “Giant Voice” will be undergoing full-scale testing at Ault Field and Seaplane Base locations.

Testing for Seaplane Base is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 26 between 9 and 11 a.m. Testing will continue on both bases throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The test will be an audible tone followed by an automated voice test, to be repeated as necessary, and may occur several times during the work day.

Depending on where you live or work, you may or may not hear the testing.

People within an estimated 600 to 700 meters will hear words to the effect that “this is a test of the personnel alerting system,” according to a news release from Kim Martin, public affairs officer at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Giant Voice is a series of remotely-operated loud speakers designed to alert a wide audience to any event that requires a large scale rapid response.

Future use may include general audio announcements such as morning or evening colors as directed by the commanding officer.

The base station for Giant Voice is located on Ault Field in the Emergency Operations Center, Bldg. 385.

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