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Governor Bush Makes Mayport Carrier Case

11:10 PM, Oct 12, 2006   |    comments
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By Roger Weeder First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Governor Jeb Bush is working with the Navy in support of keeping an aircraft carrier in Mayport. Wednesday, he said he would not mind if the carrier under construction with his family's name is ported here. Bush says last weekend, when the USS George H.W. Bush was christened, he made a case for Mayport being a carrier port. Right now the USS John F. Kennedy is facing being made inactive. The carrier is 38 years old and jets can no longer fly off her deck. Bush says he believes it's important that Mayport remain a carrier base on the East Coast along with Norfolk. That would require the base be made nuclear ready. Bush says, "It makes all the sense in the world from the perspective of protecting the homeland and our national security that it would be housed here, berthed here. And it would be fantastic personally for me to have the George H.W. Bush at Mayport. The Navy's newest carrier is still under construction. It is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2008.

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