Florida delegation requests funding for nuclear aircraft carrier


I’M MARIELENA BALOURIS, TEN ON YOUR SIDE. (TOM) ALL NEW AT 5 –COULD ONE OF HAMPTON ROAD’S NUCLEAR POWERED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS BE TRANSFERRED TO THE SUNSHINE STATE? (ANITA) IF FLORIDA DELEGATES HAVE THEIR WAY – THAT ANSWER IS YES. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LAURA CASO IS IN THE NEWSROOM WITH THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON HAMPTON ROADS IF THIS REQUEST TURNS INTO REALITY. LAURA. (LAURA) THIS IS A DECADES OLD ISSUE THATS RESURRECTED AND NOW SOME HERE IN VIRGINIA ARE PUSHING BACK. (LAURA CASO) IT’S THIS LETTER FROM FLORIDA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WITH A REQUEST TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND ACTING NAVY SECRETARY — FUNDING FOR NAVAL STATION MAYPORT IN JACKSONVILLE TO BUILD A NUCLEAR CAPABLE PORT TO HOUSE A CARRIER. AND, IT’S NOT A NEW REQUEST. IN 2009, THE NAVY DECIDED TO MOVE A CARRIER FROM HAMPTON ROADS TO MAYPORT – IT DIDN’T HAPPEN THOUGH. (CRAIG QUIGLEY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HRMFFA) “THE KILLER IN THE DEAL, I BELIEVE WAS THE INCREDIBLE COST OF CREATING INFRASTRUCTURE” THE VIEWS ARE SIMILAR NOW. CONGRESSMAN ROB WITTMAN SENT US THIS STATEMENT SAYING”I THINK IT IS INCONCEIVABLE TO CONSIDER SPENDING ALMOST A BILLION DOLLARS ON REPLICATING A CAPABILITY THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN NORFOLK.” CRAIG QUIGLEY WITH HAMPTON ROADS MILITARY AND FEDERAL FACILITIES ALLIANCE AGREES. (CRAIG QUIGLEY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HRMFFA) “THE OBVIOUS ECONOMIC IMPACT IS CONSIDERABLE, EACH CARRIER HAS A CREW OF ABOUT 3200 SAILORS AND LOTS OF MAINTENANCE FOR A SHOP OF THAT SIZE.” WHICH EQUATES TO JOBS AND HE SAYS HAMPTON ROADS COULD TAKE A HIT. (CRAIG QUIGLEY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HRMFFA) “THIS IS AN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS BEEN BOUGHT AND PAID FOR AND MATURED FOR DECADES HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS. TO REPEAT THAT PROCESS – IS THAT REALLY THE BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.” THE FLORIDA DELEGATION TOUCHES ON THAT- WRITING: WE UNDERSTAND THE REALITIES OF THE FISCAL ENVIRONMENT, OUR NAVY OVER LEVERAGES RISK TO OUR CARRIER FLEET BY HAVING ONLY ONE CVN HOMPEPORT ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD. QUIGLEY SEES IT DIFFERENTLY. (CRAIG QUIGLEY/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HRMFFA) “WE HAVE THE VERY BEST NAVY INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRAINING IN THE WORLD. PERIOD.” (LAURA) I REACHED OUT TO THE U.S. NAVY OFFICE OF INFORMATION – WAITING FOR A CALL BACK. OF COURSE WE’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE NAVY RESPONDS TO THE LETTER. LAURA CASO 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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