No Funds Requested to Ready Mayport for Aircraft Carrier
The Defense Department did not include construction funding in its fiscal 2013 budget request to prepare Naval Station Mayport, Fla., to accommodate a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier now homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., but elected officials from both communities still hailed the decision.
Virginia lawmakers, who met with DOD officials last week, said the decision means the Navy is abandoning its plan to move the carrier, reported the Daily Press.
“By canceling plans for a redundant aircraft carrier homeport at Mayport, the Navy has made a responsible choice in their management of taxpayer dollars,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said in a joint statement issued with fellow Virginia Reps. Randy Forbes (R) and Scott Rigell (R).
Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R) said, however, that Navy officials told him they still plan to move the aircraft carrier to Mayport, just not in time to meet the 2019 deadline.
“The good news is I’ve been assured by the Chief of Naval Operations that the Navy remains committed to a strategic dispersal of assets and to homeporting a nuclear aircraft carrier at Naval Station Mayport,” Crenshaw said in a written statement.