Forest Service approves special-use permit for Navy electronic warfare training

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Mon Jul 31st, 2017 7:02pm

PORT ANGELES — The U.S. Forest Service signed a special-use permit Monday allowing the Navy to begin the much-debated electronic-warfare training with mobile-emitter trucks in Olympic National Forest, the agency announced.

The permit will be sent by the end of today to Navy officials for their approval, Forest Service spokesman Stephen Baker said.

Navy spokesman Mike Welding said Monday one transmitter truck has been built. He did not know the status of the other two trucks or when Navy officials would sign off on the permit.

Once the Navy signs off on the permit, training exercises linking Naval Air Station Whidbey Island radar-jamming EA-6B Prowler jets with camper-sized vehicles emitting electromagnetic signals can begin, Baker said.

“My understanding is, they are eager to move forward on this,” he said.

Most of the trucks will be located north and south of the Quinault reservation…

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