Monday, February 13, 2012

Navy Calls Off Plans to Move Carrier to Mayport, Florida

Congressman Randy Forbes

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For more than four years, I have worked with my Hampton Roads colleagues to fight the Navy's attempt to move a nuclear aircraft carrier from Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia to Mayport, Florida, a decision that was made without providing lawmakers any compelling national security rationale.  Historic fiscal challenges and the devastating prospect of a trillion dollars in defense cuts have only bolstered our argument that such a move would not just be strategically unnecessary, but also fiscally irresponsible. 

Today, I am happy to share with you that the United States Navy has cancelled its plans to move an aircraft carrier from Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia to Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

This is a tremendous victory for the citizens of Hampton Roads, who proudly provide vital industrial services to our nation's Armed Forces.

We were persistent in our efforts to demand that the Navy provide a strategic basis for its decision, and we are happy to see that the Navy has ultimately made the fiscally responsible choice.

You can read the official news release from my office here.

Yours in Service,

Randy Forbes
Member of Congress

PS - You can view some of the work I have done on this issue over the past four years here.


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