Navy Scuttles OLF Plans Until 2014 At Earliest

The Navy has scuttled plans for now to build a practice landing field in Northeastern North Carolina or Southeastern Virginia.

The Navy has decided to suspend and stop work on a draft environmental impact statement for the outlying landing field. In 2008, the Navy announced sites in Camden and Gates counties, along with three in Virginia as possible OLF locations.

The sites were developed after the Navy abandoned plans to build the OLF in Washington and Beaufort counties after heavy opposition. The Navy also met strong opposition in Gates and Camden counties as well.

“I am thrilled that the Navy is suspending and stopping work on the Outlying Landing Field Draft Environmental Impact Statement," said Hagan. "We do not want an OLF in Northeastern North Carolina. The people I meet with are absolutely outraged at the prospect of an OLF in their backyards, and I have been working to prevent it."

In a statement, the Navy says it is delaying the OLF study until the east coast Navy Joint Strike Fighter basing and training requirements are better defined. It says because of that, it will be 2014 at the earliest that the Navy will re-evaluate the need for an OLF.

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