Accession Number:



Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:


Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



On January 14, 2009, the Navy announced that it wants to transfer one of its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers CVNs to the Navy home port at Mayport, Florida, known formally as Naval Station NAVSTA Mayport. On April 10, 2009, the Department of Defense DoD announced that it had decided to delay a final decision on whether to propose transferring a CVN to Mayport until it reviews the issue as part of its 2009-2010 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget requests 46.3 million in Military Construction MilCon funding for channel dredging at Mayport. DoD states that it intends to dredge the Mayport channel in fiscal 2010 to allow the Navy port to dock a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. This action would provide an alternative port for a carrier on the East Coast if a manmade or natural disaster or other emergency closes the Navys base in Norfolk, Virginia, or the surrounding sea approaches. The dredging of the Mayport channel will support any future decisions to permanently homeport a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Navys desire to transfer a CVN to Mayport is an issue of interest to some Members of Congress. Many observers expect that transferring a CVN to Mayport would result in a CVN being transferred out of Norfolk, known formally as NAVSTA Norfolk. Transferring a CVN from Norfolk to Mayport would shift from Norfolk to Mayport the local economic activity associated with homeporting a CVN, which some sources estimate as being worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year to the economy of the home port area. Transferring a CVN to Mayport would require congressional approval of MilCon funding for dredging and construction work to make Mayport capable of homeporting a CVN. This report discusses potential questions for Congress to consider regarding the homeporting of a CVN at Mayport.

Subject Categories:

  • Geography
  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement: