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NOPF Whidbey Island

1987 - Present

1280 W. Intruder Street
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
comm (360) 257-0212 or DSN 820-0212


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The mission of NOPF is to provide timely and accurate acoustic cueing to operating and supporting forces, and conduct continuous maritime surveillance for Homeland Security.

NOPF is divided into two major divisions that operate in the same facility- The shore side and the sea side (Sea Component West). The sea side consists of STG's that rotate out to the five SURTASS ships that operate under NOPF. The shore side has various rates that all support the operations watch floor in completing it's mission. The command's shore side UIC is 68844 and the sea side is 48594.

NOPF has approximately 325 enlisted personnel, 25 officers, a detachment of 30 Canadian forces personnel and 15 civilians.

This is an excellent duty station which is located right off the water and near a beautiful cliff-side park. The parking is readily available and the building is the nicest on base.

For more information about the command, please use the Contact Us link on the right, or email the Command Master Chief or the Public Affairs Officer. They will be happy to answer your questions.

For more information on the area, click the Local Area link at the top of the page. For driving information and maps, click the Maps & Driving link at the top of the page.


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NOPF is located on beautiful Whidbey Island in the Northwest corner of Washington State. Situated 65 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Canada; and connected to the mainland only by the Deception Pass bridge, this is a once-in-a-lifetime duty station! As shown in the picture below, ferry service is also available to and from the island.

The weather on the island is typically mild with winters in the mid to upper 30's and Summers in the mid to high 70's. The area receives far less rainfall than the Seattle area due to the proximity of the Olympic mountains to the immediate Northwest.



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From Seattle, WA | 150 km – about 1 hour 52 mins
*up to 2 hours 20 mins in traffic
1. Head northeast on James St toward 5th Ave 0.1 mi
2. Turn left at 7th Ave 315 ft
3. Merge onto I-5 N via the ramp on the left to Vancouver BC 64.4 mi
4. Take exit 230 for WA-20 toward Anacortes/Burlington 0.4 mi
5. Turn left at W Rio Vista Ave/WA-20 Continue to follow WA-20 11.7 mi
6. Turn left to stay on WA-20 15.6 mi
7. Turn left at E Whidbey Ave 151 ft
8. Turn right at SE Ely St 0.6 mi
9. Turn left at SE Barrington Dr 0.2 mi

From Vancouver, BC | 168 km – about 2 hours 12 mins
1. Head west on W 12th Ave toward Cambie St 0.9 km
2. Turn left at Oak St 6.0 km
3. Slight left at HWY-99 Entering United States (Washington) 40.8 km
4. Continue on I-5 S 74.7 km
5. Take exit 230 toward WA-20/Anacortes/Burlington 0.3 km
6. Turn right at Goldenrod Rd 0.3 km
7. Turn left at WA-20 18.6 km
8. Turn left to stay on WA-20 25.1 km
9. Turn left at E Whidbey Ave 46 km
10. Turn right at SE Ely St 1.0 km
11. Turn left at SE Barrington Dr 0.3 km


From the Command Master Chief

Congratulations on your orders to Naval Ocean Processing Facility (NOPF), Whidbey Island, let me be the first to welcome you to our Team. You will find NOPF is a very positive, pro-active and highly professional Command. Our goal is a simple one: To make our Sailors successful by ensuring they have the tools necessary not only to succeed but also to excel.

NOPF’s mission is to provide initial alerting and reporting of ocean-borne acoustics, and environmental data, as well as tactical, communication, and training support to our fleet battle groups and civilian agencies. You will find our mission is vital, diverse and demanding. Whether directing our SURTASS ships for optimum employment or monitoring our fixed assets, we utilize state of the art equipment and emphasize readiness through training.

Our Command sponsors Chief Petty Officer, First Class, and Second Class Petty Officer Associations. We also encourage Sailor and family participation in all our Navy’s programs including off-duty education. NOPF and NAS Whidbey Island Morale Welfare and Recreation departments are extremely active hosting a variety of activities throughout the year including: intramural sport teams, ski trips, family picnics, Command bowling day, movie day, golf tournaments and trips to various local attractions, including Seattle and Canada, just to name a few.

You will find there is plenty to do and see to keep you busy, but to ensure our Command’s continued success I strongly encourage you and your family to join in and be an active member of our Command so we may continue to be the best in the Navy.

You will be receiving notification of your command sponsor shortly, please contact him/her as soon as possible so he/she can answer any of your questions to allow you a smooth transition to the NOPF team.

Again, Congratulations and Welcome Aboard! I’m sure you will find your tour at NOPF Whidbey Island both challenging and rewarding. I look forward to personally meeting you upon your arrival. For assistance, don’t hesitate to call me at: COMM (360) 257-0281 or DSN 820-0281.


Executive OfficerCommand Master Chief

Commander Sean L. Bartlett, NOPFWI Commanding Officer
Commander Sean L. Bartlett

Commander (CDR) Sean Bartlett, of South Bend, Indiana, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995, earning both his commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. After attending flight training in Pensacola, Florida and joint flight training with the 562nd Flight Training Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1997.

CDR Bartlett’s sea assignments include a tour with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN in Jacksonville, FL, a tour as the V-2 Division officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) stationed in Norfolk, VA, and a tour with the Fighting Marlins of Patrol Squadron FORTY in Whidbey Island, WA.

CDR Bartlett’s shore assignments include a tour with the PRO’s NEST of Patrol Squadron THIRTY, in Jacksonville, FL, a tour as the Director of the White House and Congressional Liaison Office for the Secretary of the Navy, and a tour as the Personal Aide to the Secretary of the Navy. In 2010 CDR Bartlett attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University where he earned a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy. He began serving as the Executive Officer of Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island in July 2011, and assumed Command in June 2013.

CDR Bartlett is married to the former Diana Irene Camilo, of Washington D.C. Diana is a Registered Nurse and specializes in Emergency and Hospice Nursing. They have two Labrador Retrievers and enjoy a very active outdoor lifestyle.


Executive OfficerCommand Master Chief

Commander Sean L. Bartlett, NOPFWI Commanding Officer
Commander Sean L. Bartlett




Commanding OfficerCommand Master Chief

Thomas C. Karney, NOPFWI Executive Officer
Commander Thomas C. Karney

Born a Navy BRAT, CDR Karney was raised in four states and two continents. He received his commission and BA degree in Psychology from Villanova University in 1991. Upon completion of flight training he earned his wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in October 1992.

CDR Karney’s operational assignments include a tour onboard Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) where he served as the ‘Fighting Marlins’ NFO Training Officer and qualified as Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), Instructor TACCO, and Mission Commander. CDR Karney later served onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and was the ship’s V-2 Division Officer, responsible for the upkeep and operation of the ship’s launch and recovery equipment. Following 9/11 the ‘TR’ set a post-WWII record sailing for 159 straight days without a port call and was awarded the Battenburg Cup as the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. CDR Karney completed his Department Head tour onboard Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) in Brunswick, Maine. While a ‘Red Lancer’, he served as the Admin Officer, Keflavik OIC, and Squadron Ops Officer. CDR Karney’s second carrier tour was as the Weapons Department Head, or ‘Gun Boss’ onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76). During this tour he earned both ‘Mini Boss’ and CDO Underway qualifications while the ship along with her embarked Air Wing (CVW-14) were awarded the Ramage Award, recognizing the best Carrier/Air Wing team in the Navy. CDR Karney recently completed an eight month IA assignment serving as Commanding Officer of Task Group TRIDENT, where he led 285 Individual Augmentee sailors deployed to the Navy MP Battalion stationed in Bagram Afghanistan.

His shore assignments include an Intermediate Flight Instructor tour onboard Training Squadron TEN (VT-10) in Pensacola, FL, serving as the STAN/EVAL officer, responsible for overall standardization of instruction during the intermediate stage of flight training. CDR Karney completed an overseas tour as the Operations Officer for Commander, Task Force 67, based in Sigonella, Sicily where he scheduled and oversaw U.S. P-3 and EP-3 operations throughout Europe and Africa. CDR Karney is reporting to Whidbey Island from the Naval Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) where he served as the Exercise Development Team Leader, responsible for shaping both Mine & Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise design and objectives to provide quality training for the fleet.

CDR Karney is currently serving as Executive Officer at Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island, Washington. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of West Florida and his awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with three Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and 5 Battle Efficiency Awards.

CDR Karney is married to his college sweetheart, Deborah. They have four beautiful children.


Commanding OfficerExecutive Officer

NOPFWI Command Master Chief
CMDCM John J. Moore

Master Chief Moore was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He enlisted in the Navy in June 1988 and received recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and attended the COB/CMC course.

His sea duty assignments include, USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL (SSBN 654), USS PINTADO (SSN 672), USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728), USS HOUSTON (SSN 713), USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705), USS MAINE (SSBN 741) and most recently as Chief of the Boat in USS PENNSYLVANIA SSBN 735(B) .

His shore duty assignments include INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE FACILITY PACIFIC NORTHWEST Shop 38C and Code 700 Quality Assurance Instructor.

CMDCM Moore is currently serving as the Command Master Chief of Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Whidbey Island.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (nine awards), and numerous campaign and unit commendations.


HomeCommanding Officer • Canadian Navyen FrancaisCanadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)Passport CanadaRegistrar of Imported Vehicles

Canadian FlagWelcome to Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island (NOPFWI). With your posting, you are about to join an exclusive bi-national team responsible for providing timely and accurate acoustic cueing to operating and supporting forces throughout the Pacific, and conduct continuous maritime surveillance for Homeland Security. I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the Canadian Contingent.

NOPFWI is the pride of the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System; the workplace is modern and comfortable, and the equipment is state of the art. You can be assured that your tour in this new environment will be professionally challenging and personally rewarding.

As you may well be aware, the US Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the world in which to live. Oak Harbor is a pleasant community with most of the conveniences you should need. Vancouver and Seattle, each with their own attractions, are only two hours away. All this should combine to make your stay in the United States a full and enjoyable time. If you have any questions about the local area, your HHT and your posting, contact our Chief Clerk at AUTOVON 312-820-0193 or commercial (360)257-0193.


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Canadian FlagBienvenue à Naval océan une installation de traitement de Whidbey Island (NOPFWI). Avec votre détachement, vous êtes sur le point de rejoindre un bi-exclusif équipe nationale chargée de fournir en temps opportun et précis acoustique positionner à l'exploitation et de soutenir les forces de tout le Pacifique, et de la conduite continue de surveillance maritime pour la sécurité intérieure. Je suis heureux de souhaiter une chaleureuse bienvenue à vous au nom du contingent canadien.

NOPFWI est la fierté de la sous-intégré de système de surveillance, le lieu de travail est moderne et confortable, ainsi que l'équipement est l'état de l'art. Vous pouvez être assuré que votre visite dans ce nouvel environnement sera difficile professionnellement et personnellement gratifiant.

Comme vous mai bien être conscients, les États-Unis Pacifique du Nord-Ouest est une belle partie du monde où il fait bon vivre. Oak Harbor est une communauté agréable avec la plupart des commodités dont vous avez besoin. Vancouver et de Seattle, chacun avec leurs propres attractions, sont seulement deux heures de route. Tout cela doit se combinent pour faire de votre séjour aux États-Unis et un agréable moment. Si vous avez des questions sur la région, votre VRD et votre détachement, veuillez communiquer avec notre chef de service à AUTOVON 312-820-0193 ou commercial (360) 257-0193.

Candet Commanding Officer

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CanDet Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Commander Nicholas J. Underhill

Lieutenant-Commander Underhill was born and raised in the United Kingdom as a dual Canadian-British citizen. He grew up in Cornwall and eventually attended university at the University of St Andrews in Scotland from which he graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Pure Mathematics in 1994. In 1996, he moved to Canada and joined the Navy within 3 months of arrival, starting his Basic Officer Training in January 1997.

Following MARS training which included two months spent sailing in HMCS ORIOLE around Australia and New Zealand where he participated in the Sydney to Hobart Tall Ships Race, he was posted to HMCS FREDERICTON. However, HMCS FREDERICTON initially sailed without room for him onboard and so he spent three-and-a-half months sailing in ARA (Armada República Argentina) LIBERTAD, an Argentine Navy sail training ship.

On his return to HMCS FREDERICTON, he completed his Certificate of Competency Level II while sailing for several deployments including time with the NATO Standing Naval Force in the Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT). He then completed the Anti-Submarine Warfare Controller course before joining HMCS TORONTO and subsequently deploying as part of the first contingent of Canadian ships to deploy for Operation APOLLO.

Following his time onboard HMCS TORONTO, he joined the Naval Officer Training Centre VENTURE as a Course Training Officer for three years before proceeding on the Operations Room Officer course and then spending a year as the Weapons Officer of HMCS ALGONQUIN. As HMCS ALGONQUIN headed into refit at the end of this year, LCdr Underhill headed off to CFB PETAWAWA to participate in Roto 6 of Operation ATHENA with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, subsequently spending from August 2008 until mid-April 2009 as the Senior Duty Officer deployed in Kandahar City at Camp NATHAN SMITH.


Candet Commanding Officer

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CanDet Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Commander Nicholas J. Underhill

On his return to Canada, LCdr Underhill joined the Naval Tender Section as the Plans Officer and Officer-in-Command for the ORCA-class training vessels. He has served in this role continuously since July 2009 apart from four months spent onboard RoKS (Republic of Korea Ship) KANG GAM CHAN in the summer of 2010 as the N5 for the Combined Task Force 151 Command staff engaged in Counter-Piracy operations around Somalia.

LCdr Underhill was promoted to his present rank in April 2010, and he assumed his present appointment as Canadian Detachment Commander of Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island in July 2011.


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The Ombudsman can help you find the resources you need to solve almost any problem, from critical emergencies to routine requests. As a communications link, they routinely pass information from families to the command, as well as share information from the command leadership as appropriate .Ombudsmen have a direct link to the command, and are the source of official and accurate command information, especially during emergencies.

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Ombudsman (am´bdzmn) [Swed.,=agent or representative], public official appointed to deal with individual complaints against government acts.

The office originated in Sweden in 1809 when the Swedish legislature created a riksdagens justitieombudsman, or parliamentary agent of justice, and in the 20th century, it has been adopted by a number of countries. As a government agent serving as an intermediary between citizens and the government bureaucracy, the ombudsman is usually independent, impartial, universally accessible, and empowered only to recommend. In the United States the term ombudsman has been used more widely to describe any machinery adopted by private organizations (e.g., large business corporations and universities) as well as by government to investigate complaints of administrative abuses. In 1969, Hawaii became the first of many American states to appoint an ombudsman.


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