Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quadrennial review says Navy 'will' base carrier in Florida

"Defense officials made clear Monday they're backing the Navy's desire to relocate a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport, Fla. Whether the Navy is successful may come down to a nasty fight in Congress, say some Virginia legislators, who argue the military hasn't provided any solid research to justify the relocation."

Well, it's about time we heard something like this. This was first brought public in September. I thought then, as I still think, that at least one carrier should be moved out of Hampton Roads for safety reasons for the Atlantic Fleet.

But my new thought is this: WHY do some of our Virginia legislators need to have the military justify the move to THEM? My guess what not be the number of constituents would be moved from Virginia to Florida...its all about the Benjamins.

"All five nuclear carriers on the East Coast are currently based in Norfolk.

"Top Navy officials have been pushing the move for a couple of years, arguing that it is dangerous to keep all the East Coast carriers in a single location.

"Several Virginia members of Congress said Monday that despite the Navy's claim that Hampton Roads carries a higher risk of terrorist attack, accident or disaster, the military has not provided any classified or unclassified analysis to back their statement."

But who would make that move? "The Navy hasn’t decided which of five Norfolk-based aircraft carriers would be moved to Mayport, Fla., if the relocation is approved, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators in Washington Tuesday." Right now, that shouldn't matter to the general public, but that's such a huge decision that it couldn't really be announced to the ship in question and then be expected to be kept quiet.

I still just want say two words on why a carrier should be moved: Pearl Harbor. If another attack like that happened on American soil, here in Hampton Roads, we could possibly help to prevent thousands of people, stationed on an aircraft carrier, from dying or being injured by getting one of those carriers stationed in Florida. I think those lives would be well worth the cost, time and effort to everyone involved in the move. For the legislators to squabble over money is short-sighted. We need to look at the long-term. Moving a carrier out of Hampton Roads is the way to go.

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