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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bases Added to Base Closure List

The BRAC commission voted to add four bases to the base closure list, including the Broadway complex in San Diego -- a piece of land that would be much better used as a shopping center, strip club, or city landfill anyway, IMHO. (Basically, it just served as headquarters for a bunch of commands that could easily squeeze in somewhere else.)

The big news, from the submarine perspective, is that the commission failed to add Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to the list -- by a 5-4 vote (five commissioners voting to add). By the BRAC rules, the commission can delete a facility from the list with the votes of five commissioners, but require seven votes to add a facility. Since five of the commissioners voted to add PHNSY, this means that there could potentially be five who would like to keep Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; and, I believe, by extension, Subase New London (since keeping Portsmouth without Groton makes very little sense).

Should be an interesting next couple of months...


Blogger Skippy-san said...

Oceana should have been closed the last go around INSTEAD of Cecil Field. Personally I feel that all Tactical Naval Aviation should be based out in the west split between places like Mountain Home and Hill AFB and Fallon and Lemoore. Or for that matter Tyndall or P-Cola. All of those bases are within range of places one can drop live ordnance.

Oceana sealed its fate years ago when the City of Virginia beach failed to keep the home builders in check.

7/20/2005 3:03 AM

Anonymous Byron Audler said...

Skippy, you hit the nail on the head. Cecil was an absolute natural for the Master Jet Base. Great weather, close to the Pine Castle bombing range, close to the Mayport carrier, and a city that LIKES the Navy, APPRECIATES the Navy, and would do just about anything to KEEP the Navy here.

There are no signs here, that say, "sailors and dogs, keep off the grass".

7/20/2005 3:27 AM


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