Navy: Whidbey training flights to resume in 2014

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COUPEVILLE, Wash. — Months after the Navy called a moratorium on training flights over Whidbey Island, because of noise complaints, Navy officials have informed residents the flights will be returning in January.

The Seattle Times reports the Naval landing strip was built in World War II when planes were fewer, slower and quieter. Since 2008, the field has been a training ground for Navy Growlers, Boeing-built jets used to suppress radar. Their arrival led to local complaints and a lawsuit against the Navy in July.

Despite the complaints about an increase in noise from continuous take-off-and-landing training flights skimming over roof tops, the Navy is working on an environmental-impact statement to bring in two more squadrons of Growlers by 2015. The last day of the public comment period is Jan. 3, 2014.

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