NAS Whidbey Island Community


Whidbey Island Departments


Operations Duty Officer 360-257-2681

The department and its divisions support the operations of tenant activities and transient aircraft. These include providing air traffic control, range scheduling, ground electronics and communications maintenance, air cargo and passenger service, arresting gear maintenance and Search and Rescue operations using the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter.

Air Traffic Control Division

Air Traffic Control Division provides all air traffic control services within the NAS Whidbey Approach Control Area. Staffed jointly by military and DOD civilians, the Air Traffic Control Facility (ATCF) is subdivided into Flight Planning, Control Tower and Radar branches, and also incorporates Range Schedules and Air Space Scheduling Divisions.

The ATCF operates the surveillance and precision radar systems and control tower, and controls all phases of military and civilian flight operations at Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville. Routes into and around 52 airports are controlled within the confines of ATCF airspace.

It is among the largest and most complex facilities in the U.S. Navy Air Traffic Control System, challenging controllers with a varied and fast-paced environment that averages more than 165,000 total operations annually.

Ground Electronics Division

The primary function of the Ground Electronics Maintenance Division is to support Air Traffic Control operations by providing air-to-ground communications, various navigational aids including the Air Field Lighting Control System, radar (both precision approach and air surveillance), automatic carrier landing systems, and all associated weather equipment used by Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment. Ground Electronics also provides air-to-ground and trouble calls at up to 35 electronic system locations at OLF Coupeville, Ault Field, Racon Hill, Rocky Point and the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, Oregon.

Facilities Division

The Facilities Division is responsible for maintenance on E-28 and E-5 arresting gear at NAS Whidbey Island and OLF Coupeville. The Facilities Division also services the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing Systems and the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing systems at both fields and provides firefighting services at OLF Coupeville.

Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, Oregon

The Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, Oregon, provides maintenance, fire suppression and range support operations for a 47,000-acre bombing range.

Air Passenger Terminal/Transient Line

The Air Passenger Terminal/Transient Line is the central staging area for the forward deployment of squadrons to the fleet and on training detachments. It processes passengers, prepares cargo, supports a variety of transient aircraft and provides support to airfield operations with fleet carrier landing practices and training missions.

An updated Space Available travel listing for personnel authorized to fly on DOD aircraft, with destinations throughout the world, is available at the Air Passenger Terminal. Additional information is available at For Space-A (Available) flight information, go to

Search and Rescue

NAS Whidbey Island Search and Rescue maintains and operates the most modern and capable helicopter in the inventory. Puget Sound’s topography and weather offer unique challenges to helicopter operations. The MH-60S Knighthawk is capable of operating at high altitude and can transit with a high cruise speed. It is equipped with an all glass cockpit including the latest communications and navigation equipment. It can lift aircrew or injured hikers from a hover using its 200-foot hoist cable. The air station’s Knighthawks also provide support to ships, submarines and other units operating in the Puget Sound Area. The high-altitude mountain SAR environment and Puget Sound shipboard support make Team Whidbey one of a kind.


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