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USS New York will move to Mayport by Dec. 1

There are 5 comments on the Navy Times story from Mar 14, 2013, titled USS New York will move to Mayport by Dec. 1. In it, Navy Times reports that:

Amid the current budget crisis, the Navy is moving forward with plans to shift the first of three vessels to Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

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Donkey Estonkey

Hampton, VA

#1 Mar 14, 2013
Dumb (unless you're a Rep Congressman from Fl...).

Since: Apr 08

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#2 Mar 14, 2013
Donkey Estonkey wrote:
Dumb (unless you're a Rep Congressman from Fl...).
Where would you propose they home port it?
Donkey Estonkey

Hampton, VA

#3 Mar 15, 2013
Bama Yankee wrote:
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Where would you propose they home port it?
Well, nothing against Mayport, which is a great facility, but the cost of an arguably unnecessary relocation of these ships, their crews, families, infrastructure, etc., gets into multiple millions of dollars.
Seems ill timed, given the current budgetary shortfalls to critical defense programs, etc.

I would, at least for the time being, leave them in Norfolk, Va. NOB (The gigantic Norfolk Operating Base) has no shortage of space, or infrastructural capacity, and is ~10 miles from the full scale Naval Shipyard Servicing Facility in neighboring Portsmouth, Va.

fyi: If they were already located in Mayport, in absence of a compelling strategic or tactical justification, I'd still say they should stay put.

Since: Apr 08

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#4 Mar 15, 2013
Donkey Estonkey wrote:
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fyi: If they were already located in Mayport, in absence of a compelling strategic or tactical justification, I'd still say they should stay put.
After rereading the article a couple of times it seems to me that Mayport having lost 2 carriers and attendant ships over the years that perhaps this is part of a strategic plan to bolster the Southeastern naval presence.
Donkey Estonkey

Hampton, VA

#5 Mar 15, 2013
Bama Yankee wrote:
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After rereading the article a couple of times it seems to me that Mayport having lost 2 carriers and attendant ships over the years that perhaps this is part of a strategic plan to bolster the Southeastern naval presence.
Makes some sense.
Nowadays, all the carriers are nuclear, and those with east coast home ports are in Norfolk.
I know that while there was still a non nuclear carrier group, on the east coast, it was out of Mayport.
There's been a resistance to proposals to move a nuclear battle group to Mayport (that might still happen).
This move of lesser assets might be, as you say, a move to "balance" east coast distribution.

Good conversation, thanks.

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