Curious onlookers might soon spot gear-laden warriors scaling the towering cliffs at Deception Pass State Park or a drone hovering above one of Naval Base Kitsap’s installations as the Navy seeks to expand the scope of special operations training in the region.
The Navy has conducted SEAL training in the Northwest for the past 30 years, and the growing demand for special operation missions “has triggered the need for an increase in the training tempo,” said Navy Region Northwest spokeswoman Sheila Murray.
The Navy initially released a proposal in April 2017 with a plan to expand operations. After accepting comments on that proposal and refining it, the Navy released an updated draft environmental assessment on Jan. 23 that called for ramping up training in the region even further.
The proposal would increase the size of training groups and add more training cycles in the Northwest per year in addition to adding a few new skills to the line-up for trainees to practice.