Navy Testing Waters on AK Maneuvers

A team of about a dozen Navy employees and contractors are visiting a handful of coastal Alaska cities presenting a draft Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Gulf of Alaska naval maneuvers. Depending on the alternative selected by the Navy, those maneuvers could involve use of high-powered sonar used in anti-submarine warfare, and even the sinking of derelict ships using artillery, missiles or torpedoes. Alex Stone of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet is project manager for the Gulf of Alaska EIS. He said a major part of the study was analyzing the potential effects of the high-powered sonar on marine mammals that live and migrate through the gulf.

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

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