Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier (CVN) Homeporting at Mayport: Background and Issues for Congress [December 9, 2010]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The Navy's five Atlantic Fleet nuclear powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) are all homeported at Norfolk, VA. The Department of Defense's (DOD's) final report on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released on February 1, 2010, endorses the Navy's 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. DOD's proposal to homeport a CVN at Mayport has become an issue of strong interest to certain members of Congress from Florida and Virginia. [...] The Navy states that of the $120.05 million in funding requested by the Navy for FY2011 for MilCon [Military Construction] planning and design activities, about $2 million is for the project to establish a CVN homeport at Mayport. Section 2201(c)(4) of the FY2011 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5136) as reported by the House Armed Services Committee (H.Rept. 111-491 of May 21, 2010) states: 'None of the funds appropriated pursuant to this authorization of appropriations may be used for architectural and engineering services and construction design of any military construction project necessary to establish a homeport for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.' H.Rept. 111-491 includes report language requiring the Navy and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit reports concerning the costs and maintenance impacts of homeporting a CVN at Mayport. The FY2011 defense authorization bill (S. 3454) as reported by the Senate Armed Services Committee (S.Rept. 111-201 of June 4, 2010) does not contain a provision similar to Section 2201(c)(4) of H.R. 5136 as reported by the House Armed Services Committee. S.Rept. 111-201 does not discuss the issue of homeporting a CVN at Mayport."

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