SILVERDALE – Multiple sightings of unauthorized unmanned aerial systems or “drones” have been reported flying over Naval Base Kitsap Bangor over the past few months. The Navy is requesting that local residents report sightings to base officials immediately.
“Unauthorized drone flights pose a potential threat to national security,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Ruth, the commander of Navy Region Northwest, in a Navy press release.
“We’re all part of this community. It is vital that everyone on and around the base to remain observant and vigilant when it comes keeping our nation safe by reporting sightings of these drones.”
The airspace above NBK is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration as a National Security Area. Drone operations are only authorized if they are coordinated and approved by the NBK Commanding Officer.
“Kitsap has a strong history of supporting the military over the past 125 years,” said Capt. Tom Zwolfer, the commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap.
“The Navy is asking our neighbors to assist by reporting any drones they see flying over any Naval Base Kitsap property.”
If a drone is spotted, it is imperative that base security be notified as soon as possible. Please call the Regional Dispatch Center at 360-396-4444. Provide the operator with the following information:
• Location. This includes the direction the drone is flying, where it is coming from, and current landmark or street intersections.
• Date and time of sighting.
• Detailed description of drone. Provide the approximate size and color of drone, number of propellers, and color of lights.
• If possible, take a photograph or video of drone for the security team.
The Navy is committed to the security of its infrastructure, personnel and equipment, as well as that of neighboring communities. These drones are a potential hazard to operational security, so working together as a community to report sightings is of upmost importance.