The Navy's five Atlantic Fleet nuclear powered aircraft carriers
(CVNs) are all homeported at Norfolk, VA. The Department of
Defense's (DOD's) final report on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense
Review (QDR), released on February 1, 2010, endorses the Navy's
desire to establish a second Atlantic Fleet CVN home port by
homeporting a CVN at Mayport, FL. Navy plans call for having
Mayport ready to homeport a CVN in 2019. Transferring a CVN from
Norfolk to Mayport would shift from Norfolk to Mayport the local
economic activity associated with homeporting a CVN, which some
sources estimate as being worth hundreds of millions of dollars per
year. DOD's proposal to homeport a CVN at Mayport has become an
issue of strong interest to certain Members of Congress from
Florida and Virginia. Certain Members of Congress from Florida have
expressed support for DOD's proposal to homeport a CVN at Mayport,
arguing (as do DOD and the Navy) that the benefits in terms of
mitigating risks to the Navy's Atlantic Fleet CVNs are worth the
costs associated with moving a CVN to Mayport. Certain Members of
Congress from Virginia have expressed skepticism regarding, or
opposition to, the proposal, arguing that the benefits in terms of
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