The Navy has canceled an environmental study on a proposed airfield for jet landing practice on sites in Virginia and eastern North Carolina.
The study was suspended in 2011 while the Navy determined a home base for Joint Strike Fighter squadrons. According to a Navy news release, that decision has been delayed until at least 2017.
For more than a decade, the Navy has attempted to build an outlying landing field where jets could safely practice aircraft carrier landings.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Navy had been considering sites in Southampton, Surry and Sussex counties in Virginia and Camden and Gates counties in North Carolina.
Those plans had been met with opposition from citizen groups and local governments.