December 9, 2010
Contact: Aaron Hunter 202-225-2040
Rep. Susan Davis Statement on the USS Nimitz Leaving San Diego
Washington – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement regarding the Navy’s decision to no longer homeport the USS Nimitz in San Diego.
“Over the past 18 months, I have spoken repeatedly with senior Navy leadership about the importance of keeping three carriers in our region. While I understand the Navy’s operational need to move a second carrier to Naval Station Everett to replace the departing USS Lincoln, I am concerned about the impact this decision will have on San Diego and Coronado. Not only does this mean a short-term loss in economic impact to our region, but it means the loss of thousands of sailors and their families that make up such an important part of our community.
"Given the importance of the Pacific region to the prosperity and safety of the United States, I believe San Diego remains the most important strategic location for the United States Navy and will continue to advocate for a robust naval presence in San Diego and Coronado. After discussing this issue with the Chief of Naval Operations, I am confident that the Navy fully understands the importance of San Diego. In fact, San Diego is in place for a third carrier in 2016. Since the Nimitz was expected to be away for 14 months, this is really just a long sabbatical.
"I wish the crew of the Nimitz and their families the best of luck in their new homeport. And we look forward to meeting the new crew and families of our third carrier in 2016.”