NAS Whidbey is the largest naval installation in the Pacific Northwest and is actually composed of two bases five miles apart: the original Seaplane Base on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island and Ault Field, on the island’s western shore, looking out at the magnificent Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands.
Whidbey Island is 64 miles long and the largest island in the continental United States. Here you will find abundant recreation possibilities, from boating, hiking and biking to hunting and fishing.
The air station has consecutively over the last five years ranked among the top three naval installations worldwide in the annual Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Award.
As the sole naval aviation support in the Pacific Northwest, we provide the highest quality facilities, services and products to the naval aviation community and all organizations utilizing Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
On Jan. 17, 1941, almost 11 months before the U.S. entered World War II, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations asked the Commandant of the 13th Naval District to find a location for the re-arming and refueling of Navy patrol planes operating in defense of Puget Sound, should such defense be necessary.
Lake Ozette, Indian Island, Keystone Harbor, Penn Cove and Oak Harbor were considered and later rejected because of mountainous terrain, bluff shorefront, inaccessibility, absence of sufficient beaches and lee shores.
Arriving at Whidbey
Newly arriving personnel reporting to NASWI must check-in with the station Officer of the Deck (OOD), 360-257-2631 at the base quarterdeck in Building 385. The quarterdeck is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Personnel attached to NAS commands will then be instructed to report to the NAS Admin Office, topside in Building 385.
Base-wide indoctrination briefings are held monthly and are open for family members to attend. Another opportunity for spouses to get in-depth information about the Navy lifestyle and NASWI programs is to attend the Fleet and Family Support Center’s New Spouse Orientation workshop which is held once a quarter. For more information or to sign up for the next class, please call 360-257-NAVY (6289).
Tenant Command or Squadron
Those personnel checking in to a tenant command or squadron should report to their respective duty office. If the command is deployed, check-in with the OOD at the base quarterdeck in Building 385 to be referred to the correct administrative wing for in-processing. For a list of tenant commands and squadrons to include duty phone numbers, please visit the Major Unit Listings tab.
There are over over 7,600 military men and women who are assigned to the largest naval installation in the Pacific Northwest.