The Navy has conducted special operations training in the Pacific Northwest for at least 30 years, but it’s rare for the public to catch a glimpse of the exercises, since they are designed to go undetected.
“The nature of the activities is such that they’ll leave no trace,” said Karen Waller, a contractor with the Naval Special Warfare Command. “That’s their whole mission and the purpose of their training – it’s to not be noticed or leave a trace that they’ve been there.”
The growing demand for special operations missions worldwide “has triggered the need for an increase in the training tempo” in the Northwest, prompting the Navy to seek to ramp up training efforts in the region in past few years, said Navy Region Northwest spokeswoman Sheila Murray.
Navy officials, including special operations service members, discussed plans for stepped-up training in the Northwest during a meeting Tuesday at North Kitsap High School.