NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - At a hearing with the Navy's top brass, U.S. Sen. Jim Webbexpressed his misgivings about the possible loss of anuclear-powered aircraft carrier from Virginia waters.
The Virginia Democrat on Thursday told Secretary of the NavyRaymond E. Mabus Jr. that the proposed home-porting of a carrierfrom Naval Station Norfolk to Florida is not a done deal.
Webb says the Navy should grow the fleet rather than invest inan upgrade of Mayport Naval Station for the arrival of a carriernow based in Norfolk.
Norfolk lays exclusive East Coast claim to all five of theNavy's nuclear-powered carriers. The Navy wants to move one fornational security reasons.
Webb addressed Mabus and other military leaders during a Senatecommittee hearing in Washington.
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