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SAR rescues elderly woman in Clallam County

A Search and Rescue team from NAS Whidbey Island’s SAR unit medically evacuated an 89-year-old woman from Clallam County Beach near Ozette on the western coast of Washington last night. The woman was reportedly suffering from exhaustion and hip leg pain that prevented her from being able to stand or walk. She was accompanied by [...]

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Change of command ceremony held for VP-46

Cmdr. Chad J. Livingston relieved Cmdr. Matthew T. Frauenzimmer as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island June 10. “Very few times in my life have I got my number one choice,” said Frauenzimmer. “Coming to 46 was one of those times.” Frauenzimmer, a native of [...]

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Search and Rescue conducts tricky mountain rescue

A Search and Rescue team of five from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Hood, Ore., on Sunday, June 12. The crew launched from NAS Whidbey Island at 7 p.m. in response to a call for two climbers stuck on Mount Hood.  After arriving on scene and doing several passes [...]

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Navy hospital commander advocates for telemedicine

By DEBRA VAUGHN Capt. Frederick McDonald envisions a time when a Navy wife worried about her sick baby at 2 a.m. could get help immediately on the Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor. She could enter a clinic “pod” staffed by a technician and visit face-to-face virtually with a doctor at a hospital elsewhere. We’re not [...]

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Kayaking on Whidbey offers immersive experience

By KYLE JENSEN The water is tranquil in the Langley Marina at 8 a.m. The morning haze is still burning off and the air is crowded with the songs of a number of bird species. With each stroke of the paddle, the kayak distances itself from the shore as the senses are overloaded with the [...]

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Problems reported with oxygen system in Hornet, Growler: Navy to look at episodes affecting aircrews

By DEBRA VAUGHN Aviators who fly the F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler are reporting problems with air contamination as well as loss of oxygen and pressurization during flight, and at least one lawmaker wants the Navy to conduct an independent review of the problem. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Democrat from Massachusetts who sits on the [...]

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SR 99 to be renamed for Snohomish black Civil War soldier

By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer OLYMPIA — The state Transportation Commission agreed Tuesday to rename Highway 99 in honor of black Civil War soldier William P. Stewart of Snohomish. Several of Stewart’s relatives stood and applauded the unanimous decision that ends a years-long effort by a Snohomish lawmaker to replace highway markers honoring Jefferson Davis, [...]

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NAS Whidbey named one of top 5 bases in world

Annual Award for Installation Excellence  announced  Not only is Naval Air Station Whidbey Island the best Navy base in the world — it’s one of the top U.S. military bases too. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently announced that NAS Whidbey is one of the top five bases as a winner of the Commander in [...]

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Livingston takes command of VP-46

Cmdr. Chad J. Livingston relieved Cmdr. Matthew T. Frauenzimmer as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 during a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, June 10. “Very few times in my life have I got my number one choice,” said Frauenzimmer. “Coming to 46 was one of those times.” Frauenzimmer, a native [...]

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SAR team evacuates pregnant woman

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation on Tuesday, June 14 from Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, on NAS Whidbey Island. The SAR crew of four received initial notification that a female patient was in need of urgent postpartum care at 3:17 p.m. The crew conducted preflight planning, [...]

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SAR rescues two climbers on Mt. Hood

A Search and Rescue team of five from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Hood, Ore., on Sunday, June 12. The crew launched from NAS Whidbey Island at 7 p.m. in response to a call for two climbers stuck on Mount Hood. After arriving on scene and doing several passes [...]

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No landing practice at OLF June 12-18

No Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field in Coupeville the week of June 12-18 nor are there any aircraft carrier based flight training events scheduled at Ault Field that week. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned [...]

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