Legislation May Not Bar Navy Landing Field

The Navy says a proposed state law in North Carolina that denies the military permission to build a proposed jet landing field won't stop the project.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Laura Stegherr told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk that the federal government has the authority to build the practice runway despite state law.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City said the law would send a strong message of opposition.

The military has proposed building the runway in eastern North Carolina or Virginia. It would allow Navy pilots to practice taking off and landing on aircraft carriers.

The Navy plans to base eight new F/A-18 Super Hornet squadrons at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and two squadrons at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station near New Bern.

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