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Naval Special Operations Environmental Assessment

This website provides public access to information about the Environmental Assessment for Naval Special Operations Training in Western Washington State.  The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) proposes to conduct small-unit land and cold-water maritime training activities for naval special operations personnel.  The proposed training would occur on selected nearshore lands and inland waters of Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, as well as the southwestern Washington coast.  The intent of the proposed training is to build tranees' skills, experience, and confidience by challenging them in a location with dynamic weather, land, and cold water conditions.  As part of the rigorous training, the trainees learn skills needed to avoid detection along with the goal of leaving no trace of their presence during or after training activities.

The Navy has conducted training in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, including naval special operations training for the past 30 years.  Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, and the southwestern Washington coast, offer unique conditions and varied coastal conditions which create opportunities for realistic and challenging special operations training in a safe, sheltered, cold-water environment.

NSWC prepared a draft Environmental Assessment that can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.  The commend period ended on March 23, 2018.  Posters and a Fact Sheet which were presented at the public open houses in February 2018 can also be downloaded by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.

The Final Environmental Assessment and decision is expected in winter 2018/2019.

If you are interested in other northwest environmental documents, please visit our National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website at for information about other Navy Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements. 


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