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Defense bill funds Whidbey Island Naval Air Base

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Defense bill funds Whidbey Island Naval Air Base

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Representative Rick Larsen says the U.S. House will discuss a national defense bill that will help keep the Whidbey Island Naval Air Base open for years to come.

Larsen says the bill includes a provision to station half of the Navy’s “Poseidon” 737 Surveillance Jets at the base.

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The Poseidon program will be fully funded at $3.2 billion.

There is also more than a billion dollars set aside for facility improvements to the base so they can house the aircraft.

Larsen says this is a sign that the Whidbey Island Naval Air Base is here to stay.

The entire national defense bill goes before the House next week.