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Ire toward sub is misdirected | Letter


You can’t help but admire the folks who are criticizing the potential Kraken sculpture as detrimental to this Navy town.

It makes me happy I chose to live in such a patriotic area. However, their patriotism may be slightly misplaced and there may be a solution that all parties can get behind.

The submarine in itself does not represent the U.S. Navy.

If any of you have noticed, there are zero U.S. Navy submarines based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

In fact, what is based at NAS Whidbey is the P-3 Orion and future home of the P-8 Poseidon.

For those of you that don’t know, one of the primary missions of these aircraft is anti-submarine warfare.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Now, as for the Kraken, myself being ex-Army, we used to call our brothers and sisters in the Navy “squids.”

It was not a derogatory name, but actually a term of endearment.

We always appreciated what the Navy men and women could do.

One just needs to remember that it was Seal Team 6 that vanquished our most hated enemy.

And, to my chagrin, might I remind everyone that Navy has beaten Army 12 years in a row in the annual Army/Navy football classic.

A solution for us all — the North Korean Navy is believed to have about 80 submarines.

They have on numerous occasions threatened to obliterate the West Coast.

I’d be more than happy to see the giant squid (Kraken) painted in Navy blue, and that submarine in its clutches clearly identified as a North Korean submarine or Russian.

Just so that it is not identified as one of ours.

Thomas Kosloske

Oak Harbor


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