Kitsap Navy News: Comment period extended for explosives-handling wharf project
May 6, 2011 · 9:35 AM
The Navy has extended the comment period for the proposed construction of a 260,000-square-foot missile wharf complex at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
That's the top story in the May 6 Kitsap Navy News, a sister newspaper of the North Kitsap Herald. The Navy News is available today at more than 140 stores and newsstands in nine Kitsap communities.
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The general consensus of those who spoke at a public meeting in Poulsbo in April about a second explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor was that the project just isn’t necessary in the post-Cold War world.
The Navy says the eight Trident submarines and their complement of Trident II D-5 missiles require the equivalent of 400 days each year of maintenance and support. A second wharf would result in up to 730 days of available time.
The program looks to extend the D-5 missiles lifespan into the year 2042. “As (D-5 missiles) age, they require more and longer maintenance,” project engineer David Gibson said.