Navy to do Noise Study Amid Plan to Increase Growler Flights

$2 million in funding has been allocated for the U.S. Navy to study and develop technologies that would reduce jet engine noise.  That as the Navy plans to bring more electronic-warfare aircraft to train on Whidbey Island.

The Navy released a final environmental impact statement last week on a plan to bring 36 more EA-18G Growlers for training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

      Fri Oct 5 News

That prompted a protest in Pt Townsend on Wednesday where 75 members of the Sound Defense Alliance sent the Navy a message from North Beach Park – holding placards spelling out “No New Jets. No New Flights”  as EA-18 Growler jets were flying overhead.

Sound Defense Alliance steering committee member Larry Morrell tell the PD the demonstration was meant to be the “start of a regional dialogue with the Navy.”

The Navy is expected to make a final decision on the expanded operation in the next month.

It’s not immediately clear when the jet noise study will begin.