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VA Lawmakers Launch Plan To Keep Aircraft Carrier in Mayport

From the PilotOnline.com:

Some Hampton Roads congressmen are trying to broker a settlement in their long-simmering feud with the Florida congressional delegation over Navy plans to shift a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport Naval Station in Florida.

In private discussions with their Sunshine State counterparts and during a House hearing this week, Republican Reps. Rob Wittman of Westmoreland County and Randy Forbes of Chesapeake have been urging a new look at an alternative plan to shift other, smaller ships and aircraft to Mayport in lieu of a carrier.

“I can’t tell you there’s an effort to negotiate,” Forbes cautioned. But the two delegations “are not enemies,” he said. “We talk quite a bit about this situation and will continue to.”


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