Friday, February 20, 2015
Navy to host public meetings on security enclave to shield Ohio-class subs in Bangor
Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor plans security barrier system and waterfront security.
Kitsap Sun, Feb 19
BANGOR -- The Navy is inviting comment on proposals to build a land-water interface and service pier extension at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
The projects are independent but related because of their proximity and anticipated construction periods. They're being analyzed together because of the potential for overlapping and concurrent environmental impacts.
A land-water interface would complete the perimeter around the waterfront restricted area. New pile-supported piers or port security barriers at the north and south ends would connect to the existing on-water port security barrier system and the on-land waterfront security enclave. It would protect Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
The service pier would be extended to accommodate the transfer of Seawolf-class submarines USS Seawolf and USS Connecticut from Bremerton to Bangor, where they would join sister ship USS Jimmy Carter. The move would eliminate deployment constraints and improve maintenance, the Navy says.
The Navy has prepared a draft environmental-impact statement. Public meetings are scheduled March 3 at the Chimacum High School commons and March 4 at the North Kitsap High School commons. They'll start with an open house at 5 p.m. A short presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed