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N.C. wants Navy to put landing field elsewhere

Posted September 13, 2010

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue and legislative leaders on Monday asked the Navy to stop looking in eastern North Carolina for a landing field.

"The procurement of an (outlying landing field) in North Carolina must not be forced upon any community that has voiced its opposition to it,” Perdue, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney wrote in a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

“The local governments of Camden, Currituck and Gates counties have clearly expressed such opposition,” they wrote.

A 2005 land-use study for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission cited development around Naval Air Station Oceana and its landing field as an obstacle to the Navy’s continued flight operations in and around Virginia Beach, Va. The study recommended that the Navy “pursue development of an additional outlying landing field in North Carolina” to alleviate the impact of growth in southeastern Virginia.

“For decades, Virginia Beach has ignored Navy restrictions and built closer and closer to Oceana,” Camden County Manager Randell Woodruff said in a statement. “North Carolina is being forced to bear the brunt of Virginia Beach’s poor land-use planning that allowed commercial and residential development right next to the runways.”

U.S. Sens.Richard Burr and Kay Hagan sponsored an amendment that was recently passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee to restrict the Navy’s funding of a new landing field for Oceana. Part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2011, the amendment requires the Navy to consider using one of several landing fields already on the East Coast and provide a cost analysis of obtaining a new installation versus rehabilitating an existing site.

The defense bill is expected to be voted upon when Congress returns to session next month.


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  • sammyg Sep 14, 2010

    Call me what you will, I am against this landing strip. I have also spent time on the outer banks and occassionally jump due to a low flying jet. I sure don't want it to be a regular occurance. And by the way, I'm voting straight republican for the first time in my long life in hopes that we can get back to common sense politics!

  • c332999 Sep 14, 2010

    Being a patriot does not mean to blindly do what the government says or what Virginia wants but decide and do what is best for our citizens who also serve and protect this country.

    We voice up because we want to save our country and our community from being ruined by those greedy in money. That’s all.

  • c332999 Sep 14, 2010

    It’s pretty bad when your only comeback is name calling and using bulling tactics.
    You win your argument by making your case and presenting facts, like the “NO-OLF” organization has done. Direct your criticism in the right direction – the government who continue to allow Virginia Beach to build around the master jet base.

    Could it be that we have become too comfortable with the status quo? Or is it that we can’t bear to think that our own government would lie and deceive its citizenry? We should not be reluctant to standing up protecting our community and protecting simple basic rights like our sovereignty.
    You can be a patriot by standing up against injustices committed by your government or the injustice committed by another state (VA) proxy through the federal government (Navy). ..like the Hampton Roads Joint Land Use Study…read it.

    Being a patriot does not mean to blindly do what the government says or what Virginia wants but decide and do what is best for o

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 14, 2010

    The NIMBY's are fighting new things as always.

  • c332999 Sep 13, 2010

    Does it make any sense to put an air facility of this nature over 10 public schools?

    They are talking about training the loudest aircraft in history, the F-35 at this new OLF. Camden & Currituck County have numerous schools, churches, and daycare centers within a couple miles of this proposed OLF location.

    Where is the return on investment if the facility wanted to grow larger?

    What if Virginia gets her way and forces the Navy to close Fentress airfield?

    There 10 public schools surrounding the entire site. Even the Navy’s guidelines for air installations say run away from growing populations. What do 10 schools say?

    Outlying means just that not in growing populations.

    If you are gonna do it, do it right…go outlying.

  • pbjbeach Sep 13, 2010

    I have been fishing in the areas of nags head , nc an orgen inlet an it is nothing unusal to see jets come crusing down the coast headed to M.C.A.S. cherry point or to M.C.A.S. jacksonville , nc . If new landing filed is really really needed to pratice on let the take a real aircraft out of mothball an put it back into service off the north carolina coastal areas with a skeleton crew stationed on it. what better way to practice touch an go's than to have a real aircraft carrier to pratice on an this would also be giving the taxpayers better an more use of the taxpayer dollars to an by getting extra use of a mothball carrier. but i forgot they aren really instrested in saviong tha taxpayers dollars. they are primarly instrested in spending it so as to help created the additional need for more spending for new equipment an newer carriers inthe form of new navy an miltary contracting to the3 big coporate big business donating to republicans to help sustain the milatry build that is

  • seansuperdad Sep 13, 2010

    Really? Who is going to secure it? Who will man the fire equipment? Who will maintain it? Who will feed the staff? Who will collect the taxes from the personnel? I suppose the two navy guys will? No military ANYTHING is without the need for support. And NO, the Nave will not be doing it all. Even if they did, it would be new people for the tax base.

  • MyNameIsMud Sep 13, 2010

    "And we complain about there not being any jobs, lol."

    Other than a handful of temporary construction workers to build it, and then a couple of Navy personnel to run the radar and radio, this won't be a boon for any employment figures.

  • seansuperdad Sep 13, 2010

    And we complain about there not being any jobs, lol.

  • MyNameIsMud Sep 13, 2010

    "Let the east coast get attacked by a foreign force and all of those against this idea would be screaming for help. If that ever does happen I hope that the anti-OLF people are the last ones to get help. It would serve them right."

    We already have enough East coast assets to handle that without a practice runway or your pointless fear mongering. This isn't a coastal defense base, for crying out loud.