Crenshaw Pleased with Local Military Construction Projects
Congressman Tours Soon to be Largest Hangar Facility in the Navy
August 14, 2008
(JACKSONVILLE, FL) – Today, Congressman Ander Crenshaw visited two major military construction projects being built at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Crenshaw, who serves on the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee, helped secure the funds for both projects. The construction activity is providing jobs and economic impact in the local area.
Both facilities are listed as #1 and #2 on the Jacksonville Business Journal’s top 28 commercial construction projects of 2007.
Rep. Crenshaw said, “These impressive projects continue to add to the status of the Northeast Florida military community. Jacksonville’s star continues to shine as more facilities and planes are moved to our region.”
The new $125.9 million state-of-the-art hangar, which will house five P-3 squadrons and one C-130 squadron, will become the largest aircraft hangar in the U.S. Navy. Upon completion, the massive facility will be the length of three football fields. The squadrons are scheduled to move to their new home in Jacksonville in April 2009.
“These new additions are tremendous assets to NAS Jacksonville, and continue to expand the capabilities of an already strategic and active base,” added Crenshaw.
Following the tour of the P-3 hangar, Crenshaw also toured the progress of the new $74 million dollar helicopter hangar located along the St. John’s River seawall.
The helicopter facility will house the new MH-60R helicopters which will be stationed at NAS Jacksonville following its completion, which is scheduled for the fall of 2009. The MH-60R is the Navy’s next generation of carrier-based submarine hunter and surface attack helicopters. To make way for the new facility, two World War II-era hangars were demolished.
Rep. Crenshaw added, “I am proud that NAS Jacksonville continues to draw next generation of military facilities and planes. Jacksonville again is cementing its role in the U.S. Navy’s future.”