Oak Harbor is best known for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). The main portion of the base, Ault Field, is about three miles north of Oak Harbor. It was originally established to protect Puget Sound during WWII.
"Today there are 17 active-duty squadrons and 3 ready reserve squadrons based at NAS Whidbey Island. The air station also maintains a search and rescue unit that flies three Sikorsky MH-60S Nighthawks.
Navy search and rescue provides 24-hour day and night maritime, inland, and mountainous rescue support for Department of Defense personnel and the greater Pacific Northwest community.
The Whidbey Naval Air Station Search and Rescue primarily serves military aircrews, but missions to help civilians in distress are often approved and executed." (Wikipedia)
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Whidbey Island is accessible by the Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, which are actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge, one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest, only a 20 minute drive to NAS Whidbey from Fidalgo Island over this spectacular bridge.