The land, air, and sea areas of the Pacific Northwest are important to members of the Navy and their families who call the Pacific Northwest their home. The Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard conduct military readiness activities in designated areas of the northeastern Pacific Ocean, including ocean areas offshore of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, and in the Western Behm Canal in southeastern Alaska. The Navy also trains and conducts tests in certain areas within the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, and at Navy pierside locations.
Areas in the Pacific Northwest have historically been used by the Navy for training and testing activities, with some activities dating back to 1914. Navy training and testing areas within the Study Area have provided a safe and realistic environment for training Sailors and testing systems. The proximity of these areas to naval homeports allows for:
In the supplement to the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS, the Navy will analyze training and testing activities within the Study Area. The Study Area remains unchanged since the 2015 Final EIS/OEIS and includes:
The U.S. Navy must train personnel and test new technologies to defend the United States, its territories, and its interests.
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