Six New Navy OLF Sites Released

The Navy is considering six more potential sites in North Carolina for its jets to practice simulated carrier landings.

The Navy backed away from its preferred location in Washington and Beaufort counties after environmentalists and landowners protested. The military asked both Virginia and North Carolina officials to propose more sites.

Virginia offered 10 locations in five counties. North Carolina's additional sites were unveiled this morning at a meeting of a task force created by Gov. Mike Easley.

Here are the six sites proposed by North Carolina:

Hoffman Forest, in Onslow & Jones Counties
Angola Bay, in Pender & Duplin Counties
Sandbanks Road, in Gates & Hertford Counties
Old Railroad Grade, in Perquimans, Gates & Camden Counties
Moyock, in Currituck County--between Moyock & Elizabeth City
Northwest River, in Camden & Currituck Counties.

Rear Admiral David Anderson says he expects Navy Secretary Donald Winter to whittle the choices down to between three and five by Nov. 15.


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