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Unmanned Aerial System Policy

In accordance with COMNAVREG NW NOTICE 3501.1, it is prohibited to operate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Non-Traditional Airborne Technology (NTAT), or devices considered as aerial “drones” over Naval Station Everett without authority granted by the commanding officer.


Under this instruction, UAS/UA/NTAT are defined as follows:

  • An unmanned aircraft, non-traditional airborne technology, or drone is a device that is used, or is intended to be used, for flight in the air with no onboard pilot.
  • The nomenclature depends on the circumstances of which government agency or non-government entity is involved.
  • A device that can be controlled either manually or through autopilot using a global positioning system or datalink to connect the pilot to the device.
  • A device that can be powered by propellers, single or multiple rotors and turbine engines.
  • A device that can be used for surveillance, commercial and recreational purposes.

How to report a sighting:

If you observe a UAS over Naval Station Everett, you should immediately call 360-396-4444. This is the NON-emergency line directly into the Regional Dispatch Center.


When calling to make a report, please provide the following information:

  • Date and time of sighting
  • Location – general reference point, landmarks, street intersections, facilities
  • Description – general size, color, number of propellers, fixed wing or rotary wing, visible numbers, external payload (i.e. cameras, lights)
  • Direction – heading away from or towards a specific location, north, east, etc.
  • Is the operator visible? Where? (Include physical or vehicle description, license plate number, etc.)

Upon completion of your call with RDC, take photographs or video of the UAS if you can safely do so. Your assistance in identifying these devices is essential for our safety and security.


**PENALTIES: Use of UAS devices can result in civil penalties imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if not properly registered and if flown in unauthorized locations, or if they are not used in accordance with FAA guidelines. Strict federal criminal penalties may also be imposed which can accumulate in fines and imprisonment. Military personnel will be charged in accordance with the UCMJ. **

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