Mayport Preparing For Nuclear Carrier, But Homeport Still On Shelf

May 3, 2013

USS Enterprise arrives at Mayport Naval Station in 2012. The Enterprise was decommissioned earlier this year. Navy officials preparations to make Mayport nuclear ready continue.
Credit U.S. Navy

The U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert was in Jacksonville today to meet with Navy officials and others at NAS Jax.

He talked about the importance of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia to Navy operations.

Greenert says plans to move the amphibious ready groups to Mayport are on schedule, as are plans to house P-8 Aircraft at NAS Jax.

The long-range plans still call for homeporting  a nuclear aircraft carrier at Mayport, but budget cuts have forced that to be delayed.

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert speaks to a luncheon crowd at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
Credit Kevin Meerschaert

In the meantime, Greenert says preparations are continuing to get Mayport nuclear carrier ready, which will allow a carrier to come to Mayport if it needs to  be serviced.   

A base-wide power outage hit NAS Jax just as Congressman Ander Crenshaw was about to introduce Greenert, so the Admiral had to abandon his Power Point presentation.