The Northwest Navigator will print its final weekly edition on March 29, 2013. After that final edition, there will no longer be an official or authorized Navy print newspaper for Commander, Navy Region Northwest, or our Installations: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Magazine Indian Island.
The Northwest Navigator consistently won numerous top awards for production and reporting, and has helped tell the Navy story to tens of thousands of Sailors, family members, retirees, veterans and community members around the Region and around the world. The decision to stop publication was made as a Navy-wide cost-savings measure.
"This was a tough headquarters decision in a belt-tightening world," said Sean Hughes, public affairs officer at Navy Region Northwest. "We'd like to thank everyone who made The Northwest Navigator a part of their lives, the outstanding publishers we've worked with over the years, and all of those who helped us share the stories of our fleet, fighters and families."
Official Northwest Navy news and information will still be available in many formats, including on Navy social media pages (Facebook and Twitter), websites, and in internal command employee newsletters.
"This is the end of an era, but we still have Navy information to share and stories to tell," Hughes said. "We will continue to communicate through our official Navy channels, and of course, work with area publishers and media representatives to further our Navy's story with our communities. We will continue to explore new ways to communicate in this fast-changing media landscape, and look forward to keeping the conversation going."