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The Navy has stated that capacity shortfalls are the reason why an additional OLF is needed. However, on Page E-7 of the HRJLUS the Navy agrees to "Implement/continue all flight ops modifications feasible to reduce air ops to minimal feasible to support mission over Hampton Roads developed areas." In other words, the Navy has agreed to minimize flight operations at their existing landing fields at Oceana and Fentress in order to minimize jet noise impacts on the Hampton Roads cities.
The Navy wants to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars - YOUR money - to build an Outlying Landing Field (OLF) they don't need. The Navy already has landing fields that they not to use!
PASSAGE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT HAS MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR OLF - December 22, 2010
Great news on the OLF front!! On December 22, 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act passed Congress and now awaits the President's signature. An amendment sponsored by Senator Hagan and Senator Burr provides that funds will not be authorized or obligated for the development of a new OLF in North Carolina or Virginia until the Secretary of the Navy provides the Congressional Defense Committees with a report containing alternative training options besides an additional OLF and a cost comparison between the use of existing federally-owned military assets and the construction of a new OLF. This is something that we had hoped that the Navy would have done prior to embarking on this three-year (and counting) OLF study.
We are enormously thankful to Senators Hagan and Burr for their hard work on this most important legislation!
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