Saturday, February 21, 2009

Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2009

We point this out for any other groups that have active SIGINT UNITS.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI)j.
will participate in Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2009,
along with other naval bases and installations throughout the continental United States during the period Feb. 23-27.

Area residents have been told they will see increased traffic and increased security activity associated with the exercise.

Ault Field

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) is a naval air station located in two sections around Oak Harbor, Washington/
It was commissioned as an active U.S. Navy installation on 21 September 1942.

The main portion of the base is called Ault Field in memory of Commander William
B. Ault, who was listed 'missing in action' during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Ault Field is located approximately three miles north of Oak Harbor.

The other section of the air station is known as the Seaplane Base.
Originally home to PBY Catalina flying boats, the air station's main Navy
Exchange and DeCA Commissary are located here,
as is most of the Navy housing on the island.

A lightly utilized satellite airfield, Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF)
Coupeville, is located on central Whidbey Island at, roughly nine miles south of Ault Field.
Primarily utilized for Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) by carrier-based
jet aircraft,

this field has no permanently assigned personnel and falls under the command of
the Commanding Officer of NASWI.

NASWI currently supports EA-18G Growler, EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion, EP-3 ARIES II and C-9 Skytrain aircraft.

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