The controversy about where the Navy wants to build an outlying landing field wound up in Raleigh today.
One of the Navy's proposed OLF sites is in Gates County.
Fifty people opposed to the OLF demonstrated on the steps of the state administration building this morning.
The protesters, mainly from Gates County, say they want Governor Mike Easley and the public aware of the broad opposition of to the Navy placing an OLF in their county.
The Navy has been struggling with trying to find an acceptable OLF site so pilots from Cherry Point and Oceana can practice landings and takeoffs from a simulated aircraft carrier.
The Navy's original site, in Washington and Beaufort counties, got scuttled after congress voted to not to appropriate any money for the project if it located there.