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.
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.