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Navy secretary reiterates bringing carrier to Mayport

(Department of Defense)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A recent letter from the Navy secretary to Virginia lawmakers reiterates that the Navy is still committed to bringing an aircraft carrier to Naval Station Mayport.

Ray Mabus has said several times that the U.S. remains committed to bringing a carrier to Mayport, as he did in a visit to Jacksonville last month. The move was delayed for budget reasons.

Virginia lawmakers have been fighting the move tooth and nail.

"A nuclear carrier is bound for Mayport, despite budget constraints that are delaying the move," Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday. "The fact remains it's in the national security interest to disperse the Atlantic fleet, and the best place to do that is Mayport."