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Federal Money for Mayport Moves Forward in House

Earlier this week Congressman Ander Crenshaw announced that the Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Affairs Appropriations Bill passed at the subcommittee level, containing $46.3 million for channel dredging at Naval Station Mayport and $29.6 million for Charlie Pier Upgrades at the base.

“Naval Station Mayport is a central player in our national security, and these resources fund projects key to that mission,” said Crenshaw, a member of the House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. “Dredging is certainly a necessary step toward homeporting a nuclear carrier at Mayport. However, the Navy has made it clear it wants an alternate East Coast location for a nuclear carrier 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in case of an emergency. The dredging project and Charlie Pier upgrades make that national security goal possible.”

The legislation will be taken up by the full House Appropriations Committee next week.

“I look forward to sheparding these projects through the remaining portion of the appropriations process,” Crenshaw continued. “I’m confident that Congress will ultimately do the right thing and approve the projects that our military leaders and President say this country needs.”

The Appropriations Subcommittee Bill also contains funding for:

• Naval Station Mayport fitness training facility for servicemen and women and their families: $26.360 million
• United States Marine Corps Blount Island Command: $3.7 million for Port Operations Center.
• Jacksonville Defense Logistics Agency Fuel Farm: $11.5 million to replace fuel tanks.
• Naval Air Station Jacksonville P-8A Modification: $5.9 million.

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