I have a vacation house near Outlying Field Coupeville. I understand the noise issues. The Navy does have a proposed alternative for the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station OLF: Guam. In fact, the Navy wants to relocate the entire station to Guam.
Comparing the naval air station to the Norfolk Naval Base is not accurate: Norfolk is the largest naval complex in the world, and serves as the command for the Atlantic. There is nothing further east. Norfolk’s location in the Atlantic is the equivalent to Guam for the Pacific command.
I am sure state Rep. Rick Larsen understands that there is no strategic purpose for a naval air station on Whidbey Island. Like forts Worden and Ebey, the Navy thinks the air station should be closer to the threat, where there are no neighbors. By definition, having U.S. civilian neighbors makes no sense for a forward air station.
But the economics of a military base makes good economics and politics, which
I am sure the navy understands as well.