VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The fight to keep an aircraft carrier in Norfolk continuedMonday as area lawmakers met with military leaders in VirginiaBeach.
In January, the Navy released its the Quadrennial DefenseReview, which re-affirmed its commitment to homeport an EastCoast-based carrier in Mayport, Florida. Currently all EastCoast-based carriers are homeported in Norfolk.
The Navy estimates the cost of preparing Naval Station Mayportto handle a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at $500 million.
However, members of the Hampton Roads Military AffairsCommission believe the cost will be much higher.
They say the Navy's estimate only considers moving a carrier toMayport, not operating it there or moving its crew, and those costscould double the price to a billion dollars or more.
According to the Hampton Roads Military Affairs Commission, themove doesn't make sense financially or strategically.
Virginia Second District Congressman Glenn Nye, who formedthe Hampton Roads Military Affairs Commission in January, toldWAVY News 10 following a meeting of the group that "there has beena lack of transparency from the DOD during this entire processabout how they arrived at this decision and why this is a toppriority."
Nye has ordered a report from the Government AccountabilityOffice to learn the total cost of moving a carrier Hampton Roads toMayport.
He expects that report to be finished in May.
Green Run High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution Wednesday morning after a report of a robbery attempt nearby.
One of two remaining 19th-century clipper ships in the world is in Norfolk this week.
Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred in the East End of Newport News Tuesday night.