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NAVAL STATION EVERETT: Murray, Larsen Push for Navy to Replace Carrier after USS Abraham Lincoln Departure

Aug 13 2010

Members stress “clear strategic advantages” of Naval Station Everett

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead urging them to station an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Everett following the departure of the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2012. Murray and Larsen stressed the multiple strategic advantages of docking an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Everett and urged the Navy to support the local community that has formed a warm and supportive relationship with them.

“We are writing to urge that a replacement aircraft carrier be stationed at Naval Station Everett when the USS Abraham Lincoln departs in 2012 to conduct refueling operations,” wrote Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen. “Naval Station Everett has many advantages that make it an ideal location for basing a carrier, including strategic access to the Pacific Ocean, outstanding quality of life for sailors and their families, and sustainable, modern facilities.” They argued that replacing the carrier when it leaves “…will ensure the Navy has adequate access to needed carrier resources and support in the Pacific, while demonstrating dedication to a local community that has formed a warm and supportive relationship with the United States Navy.”

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Secretary Mabus and Admiral Roughead:

We are writing to urge that a replacement aircraft carrier be stationed at Naval Station Everett when the USS Abraham Lincoln departs in 2012 to conduct refueling operations.  Naval Station Everett has many advantages that make it an ideal location for basing a carrier, including strategic access to the Pacific Ocean, outstanding quality of life for sailors and their families, and sustainable, modern facilities. 

Naval Station Everett possesses clear strategic advantages as a homeport for an aircraft carrier.  It has the pier space available to host a carrier and multiple surface combatants.  The base is located on a deepwater port that never needs to be dredged, providing unobstructed access to Puget Sound for ships with drafts of over 50 feet.  Further, the presence of multiple deep-water sea lanes in the vicinity offers the possibility of a quick deployment in the event of a terrorist attack or other crisis.

Naval Station Everett’s location on the Pacific Rim offers a clear strategic benefit as a carrier homeport.  The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review outlined the importance of placing naval assets in the Pacific Ocean, stating “The fleet will have greater presence in the Pacific Ocean, consistent with the global shift of trade and transport.”  The Pacific continues to be an area which offers our Navy many challenges as well as opportunities for building positive relationships with emerging powers.  Naval Station Everett provides carriers and surface combatants with direct access to the vital Pacific Ocean area of operations.

We urge you to consider the strategic advantages of stationing an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Everett when the USS Abraham Lincoln begins its mid-life refueling operation.  This will ensure  the Navy has adequate access to needed carrier resources and support in the Pacific, while demonstrating dedication to a local community that has formed a warm and supportive relationship with the United States Navy.

We look forward to your response.