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A 25-story seagoing monster may lumber into Everett this fall after being banished to Alaska in 2003 by determined protesters, including many from South Whidbey.
The Navy and the Missile Defense Agency need a deep-water port to work on their Sea-Based X-Band Radar platform (SBX), currently based in Adak, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands
The $1 billion, 280-foot-tall mobile platform, operated by a mostly civilian crew of 80, is designed to detect incoming ballistic missiles. Its powerful radar can track a baseball-size object from a distance of 2,900 miles, according to the Missile Defense Agency.
Everett officials, community members from throughout the area, and eventually Rep. Rick Larsen, opposed the plan, concerned about health hazards and radiation that could hinder airport and emergency services communications.
SEATTLE -- If you look out your window tomorrow and see a huge piece of military hardware floating in Puget Sound, don't be alarmed
The Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-band Radar is on its way to Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island in Seattle's Elliot Bay for maintenance work.
Originally posted by westcoast
reply to post by projectvxn
Well, the only reason I commented on it is because I have never seen it here before. There is a naval base SW of here in Oak harbor and ofcourse several other military bases further south down the coast...but the direction this came from was out over the San Juan Islands right by the Canadian border.
Just seemed very odd and out of place and unusuall for the area. I would be curious to know where it came from.
You may not realize it, but the Navy has been conducting warfare training exercises off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Northern California for decades, firing missiles and machine guns, dropping bombs and practicing crucial sonar detection of submarines.