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Kitsap Navy News: Comment period extended for explosives-handling wharf project

The public comment period on the proposed explosives handling wharf has been extended to May 17.  - Page edited by Greg Skinner
The public comment period on the proposed explosives handling wharf has been extended to May 17.
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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.

The latest edition of the Navy News has news, features, opinion, entertainment, calendar, Celebrity Sailor, history, and Classifieds.

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.

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