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HAVELOCK MAYOR: The Super Hornets Are Not Coming

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders says two jet squadrons they've been expecting for Cherry Point are not coming.

WITN's Kelsie Smith said Mayor Sanders made the announcement just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Cherry Point has been expecting two squadrons of Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets for many years, and the economic impact that they bring. Officials say they got the word Wednesday that the Super Hornet squadrons will be stationed in California instead.



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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point officials say they have not gotten word that the base will not receive two jet squadrons that they've been expecting.

WITN's Kelsie Smith says public affairs officials at the base told her Thursday morning that they have not been informed about any changes. The federal register says two squadrons from the East Coast will be transferred to the West Coast. However, other officials say the switch is happening to the Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets expected to come to Cherry Point. Instead, they'll be based in California.

Among those confirming the switch is Tom Braaten, the former commander of Cherry Point, who is now the director of the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern.



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Two jet squadrons that have been long promised to the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point will not be stationed in the East.

Cherry Point has been expecting two squadrons of Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets for many years, and the economic impact that they bring. Officials say they got the word Wednesday that the Super Hornet squadrons will be stationed in California instead.

Governor Perdue is scheduled to make an appearance at Cherry Point Thursday to speak at a strategy session on the state's military bases and economy.


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