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Navy to Proceed on Warfare Training Expansion Efforts in Washington, Oregon and California

submarineThe U.S. Navy has finalized its plans to expand warfare training off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California after a review that involved the National Marine Fisheries Service‘s confirmation that it will cause minimal impact on marine life, Navy Times reported Sunday.

Phuong Le writes the service branch pushed through with its plan to expand training through the use of sonobuoy devices and sonar testing after the review determined exercises will not affect endangered orcas and other marine mammals.

The report noted that the devices send out underwater sonar signals that air crews use in during training to detect submarines and the service branch noted that it will work to follow guidelines and implement measure to address potential effects on marine species.

Sheila Murray, a spokeswoman with Navy Region Northwest, told Navy Times the service branch works alongside government partners and the public in a push to mitigate certain challenges.

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