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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  • by no Location: sleep on Jan 29, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    Go to a nascar race and stand up to the fence! The noise from all those cars racing by is 1/4 the thousands of decimals of ear piercing scream coming from a military JET 1000ft away!!!!Your thinking stupid if you think sound does'nt travel!!!Say your house is 30 miles from an OLF and on a summer nite,with the windows open(you'll hear the jets)!!!I've heard the noise from oceana naval airstation VA. at(12:30am)I moved to NC.!!!!Your house will not sell near a OLF,your family will leave,your friends won't visit!!!put the OLF in washington DC.Next to Obummerville!!!
  • by Mellissa Location: Currituck County on Jan 29, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    I would like to thank the leadership of NC for protecting the right of their citizens. I would like to thank the Navy for putting an end to something that is using so much of the tax payers money. I truly believe the US military has existing facilities that can handle this small overflow of two weeks in the summer. The OLF was only needed because two weeks out of the summer when hours of darkness are limited. Thanks to all involved.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 28, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    This has been going on for 10 years. The Navy should be sued for taking this much of peoples lives. This was nothing more than the people in Virginia Beach who willingly moved in next to a Navy base that did not like the noise anymore. This was not an investment in Eastern NC and would have cost these communities money to have the landing strip there. You would have had 30,000 acres off the tax books. There were going to be limited personel. Plus there would have been 24/7 noise to run away any possible future investment. What is sad is that I know several people from Washington County that were having to deal with this up to the day they died. People on their death bed were having to worry about leaving something for their kids because the Navy was considering taking it from them.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    I respect peoples not wanting it in their area and they have the right to voice their opinions and have it respected. However, there are other places in NC for this thing. I think the Navy could look at other areas, like Craven, Jones, Pamlico or Carteret, and Onslow counties. Put this thing where people want them, and depend on the jobs the bases create. Their are several outlying fields in the area already. Couldn't one of those be used? I live 8 miles from the one in Jones, and I don't mind one bit the noise of the Ospreys flying overhead. Its the sound of freedom, and our military deserves the best training and equipment that can be provided. Their lives and our way of life is on the line.
  • by WD Location: NE NC on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    You may prove to be correct Goober, but only time will tell. The Navy stubborness to work with NC Officials to find way to alleviate the problems at Virginia Beach is what the problem is. There is plenty of land already owned by the military to have an OLF in NC. Does anyone really think that the military would move all the bases to the west coast, just because they couldn't build an OLF in residential, farm and wildlife areas?
  • by Justin Location: ENC(Gates) on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    It's about time they realized it is not wanted here. Virginia was going to get all the incntives, but what do you know..... they dont want it either. What is the problem with using the closed facilities that the government already owns. It is 2011 time for people to start recycling. Good riddance!
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:00 PM
    I hope that the Navy takes into consideration the "friendliness" of North Carolina when deciding where to spend money on DOD facilities in the future. From what they are saying, they may move the money and jobs to the west coast. Why station aircraft where they can not practice their skills. Sounds like Eastern North Carolina may have stubbed their toe.
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