This was a forest, not a battlefront
December 6, 2016 12:02 AM Subscribe
“The Growler is not louder” than the Prowler, reads a public information statement from the navy, “but has a slightly higher potential to cause noise-induced vibration,” low frequencies that can physically shake you. Some who live beneath the navy’s flight paths say the Prowler was tolerable. But the noise from the Growler? Maddening.The military’s plan to send newer, more disruptive jet planes over the Hoh and Quinault rain forest region has unraveled not only townspeople throughout the Olympic Peninsula, but the veterans who thought they’d found a refuge.
The electronic warfare training based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has long been controversial because of the possible effects on wildlife of low-flying jets over Olympic Peninsula wilderness. In recent years the Navy has phased out the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jet in favor of the much louder EA-18G Growler. This has drawn warnings from environmental scientists and complaints from residents. The Navy was recently granted permits for increased numbers of flights over the Peninsula including rainforests claimed to be among the quietest places in the country.
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