NAS Whidbey Island FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 98278, Area Code: 360, DSN: 820

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was commissioned in September 1942, primarily for seaplane patrol operations, rocket firing training, torpedo overhauling and training recruits. In late 1949, plans were developed for Whidbey Island NAS to become the multi-weather Navy field for the entire Pacific Northwest area. Since the 1960s, Whidbey Island NAS has been used as a base for attack planes and electronic warfare. During the Korean conflict, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm, Whidbey Island's aircraft and crews played vital support roles. Due to the realignment and base closures, the mission of Whidbey Island is changing but its primary goal is to provide the highest quality facilities, services and products to the naval aviation community.

Nestled away in the northwest corner of Washington state, Whidbey Island NAS actually consists of two bases: Seaplane Base and the Naval Air Station known as Ault Field. Only five miles from the main base, Seaplane Base is just outside the town of Oak Harbor. Within the seaplane complex are most of the facilities to assist military personnel, such as the Family Service Center, Housing Office, Commissary and Exchange. Several different types of planes are based at Whidbey Island, including EA-6B, P-3C, EP-3E, UH-3H, C-9 and UC-12B. Other base facilities include a medical clinic for all active-duty personnel and dependents, a dental clinic only for active-duty personnel and a childcare program. Children residing on base attend local public or private schools.

Whidbey Island NAS is a perfect location for the outdoor enthusiasts. Whether it is rock climbing in the Cascade or Olympic mountain ranges or biking through one of the many state parks, there is something for everyone. Fishing, hiking, camping, boating or swimming are only some of the activities that Deception Pass State Park offers. Less-strenuous activities might include lying on the shores of Washington state's rocky beaches or sightseeing through Fort Casey State Park's historic fort and lighthouse.