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Fox News - Local Lawmakers Fight Proposed Transfer of Aircraft Carrier

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Location: Norfolk, VA


Fox News - Local Lawmakers Fight Proposed Transfer of Aircraft Carrier

One day after statewide budget cuts were announced, local lawmakers fight to keep Navy and civilian jobs in Hampton Roads. In question is the possible permanent transfer of an aircraft carrier from Naval Station Norfolk to Mayport, Florida near Jacksonville.

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Another issue centers around Mayport's capability to handle one of the carriers home-ported in Norfolk. Those carriers are nuclear powered and Mayport is a base without nuclear capabilities. The transport and construction are where your dollars come in.

"The dredging costs in Mayport are almost double the costs of right here in Norfolk, an ongoing cost that will always be larger. The number one installation cost of our Navy is dredging and the bulk of the that cost is energy costs," says Congresswoman Thelma Drake, (R) 2nd District. "So, looking today at what's happening with energy, an even greater cost on our Navy."

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