Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navys five Atlantic Fleet nuclear powered aircraft carriers CVNs are all homeported at Norfolk, VA. The Department of Defenses DODs final report on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR, released on February 1, 2010, endorses the Navy desire to establish a second Atlantic Fleet CVN home port by homeporting a CVN at Mayport, FL. Navy plans call for having Mayport ready to homeport a CVN in 2019. 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. DODs proposal to homeport a CVN at Mayport has become an issue of strong interest to certain Members of Congress from Florida and Virginia. Certain Members of Congress from Florida have expressed support for DODs proposal to homeport a CVN at Mayport, arguing as do DOD and the Navy that the benefits in terms of mitigating risks to the Navys Atlantic Fleet CVNs are worth the costs associated with moving a CVN to Mayport. Certain Members of Congress from Virginia have expressed skepticism regarding, or opposition to, the proposal, arguing that the benefits in terms of mitigating risks to the Navys Atlantic Fleet CVNs are questionable or uncertain, and that the funding needed to implement the proposal could achieve greater benefits if it were spent on other Navy priorities. The Navy estimates the nonrecurring cost of transferring a CVN to Mayport at 589.7 million, including 490.7 in Military Construction MilCon funding for construction work at Mayport to make Mayport capable of homeporting a CVN, and 99 million in other one-time costs. The 490.7 million in MilCon funding includes 46.3 million in dredging costs that the Navy requested in its FY2010 budget. Congress, as part of its action on the FY2010 defense budget, approved the request for 46.3 million for dredging.
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