The Navy has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment on the introduction of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike-fighter to bases on the East Coast. The DEIS evaluates the environmental consequences for the proposal to provide facilities and functions to support the home basing and operation of 10 Super Hornet fleet squadrons (130 aircraft) and one Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) (32 aircraft) on the East Coast of the United States.
The preferred alternatives for basing combinations are: 1) Either six fleet squadrons and the Super Hornet FRS at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, and four squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, or 2) Eight squadrons and the Super Hornet FRS at NAS Oceana, and two squadrons at MCAS Cherry Point. Additionally, the Navy proposes to build an outlying landing field (OLF) either in Craven County or Washington County, N.C.
The DEIS will be available in local libraries near the homebasing sites and proposed OLF sites. It will be published in the Federal Register and available online Friday, August 2, at www.efaircraft.ene.com . The Navy will hold a series of open house meetings beginning in late August at each of the locations considered as potential sites for a base or OLF.