Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett, Commander of Navy Region Northwest. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Region Northwest

Rear Admiral Stephen Barnett, Commander of Navy Region Northwest. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Region Northwest

Guest opinion: Your Navy must be ready to respond

The U.S. Navy must continue activities to prepare sailors for dangerous or emergency missions

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:30am
  • Opinion

As we’ve done for decades, your U.S. Navy conducts critical military readiness activities in the Pacific Northwest, and we are reapplying for authorizations to continue this training and testing for the next seven years, as our current authorizations expire later this year.

It is imperative the Navy continues these activities in the Pacific Northwest to prepare our sailors for dangerous or emergency missions throughout the world, to include large-scale conflicts, maritime security operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief efforts.

Training and testing in the Pacific Northwest’s diverse and challenging environment is crucial to prepare Sailors for what they will experience in dynamic real-world situations to ensure both their success and survival.

As part of this process, the Navy recently released the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS, in which the Navy analyzed the potential environmental impacts associated with proposed future military readiness activities in this region.

These activities are predominately similar to ones that have safely occurred in this area for decades. While Navy activity makes up less than one percent of all Puget Sound vessel traffic and approximately six percent of air traffic in Washington State each year, we are committed to collaborating on best practices while balancing our national defense and environmental stewardship responsibilities.

The Navy implements multiple protective measures during these activities to mitigate impacts on the environment. The Navy has added new and updated protective measures based on the best available science, recent consultation with Federal and State regulators, and comments from the public.

You can learn about them and find the Navy’s updated comprehensive analysis at www.nwtteis.com. The Navy expects to release a Record of Decision on this analysis later this fall.

The bottom line is that the skills your Navy needs to ensure our national security at sea are challenging to master and they require consistent practice in unique environments like the Pacific Northwest.

The lives of our men and women in uniform depend on their readiness, and our Nation depends on them to be prepared to answer the call when the moment arrives.

Rear Adm. Stephen Barnett is Commander of Navy Region Northwest.

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