Crenshaw: ‘Nothing Has Changed’ on Nuclear Carrier
Despite widespread reports that Mayport's hopes for a nuclear aircraft carrier have been postponed until 2019, based largely around the comments of a Democratic Congressman from Virgina, Congressman Ander Crenshaw today issued the following statement.
“Congressman Nye was swept into office with President Obama. Now in the political fight of his life, he is saying whatever he thinks will get him more votes, whether it’s grounded in fantasy or reality. He’s is scrambling the dates to try and achieve his own political goals.
“A high-ranking Navy official told me this morning that the schedule to homeport a nuclear aircraft at Naval Station Mayport remains the same as it did a year and a half ago when the final Record of Decision was signed. Nothing has changed.
“The Navy presented Congressman Nye with the same information that has been provided to everyone else. There is nothing new here.
“A 2019 homeport date is a worst case scenario and would only occur if each and every step of the process took the longest amount of time possible. Frankly, the Navy would do it faster if there were more money. We know that homeporting a carrier at Mayport remains a top priority for the Navy and is in the best strategic interest of our nation.
“The dredging and pier improvements now underway underscore that bringing a carrier on the First Coast is not a plan on paper. It’s a reality that will happen sooner rather than later.”