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Navy To Run Carrier Operations From NASA Wallops

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Md. - NASA has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Navy. Starting as soon as this summer, the Navy will use the Wallops Flight Facility for Field Carrier Landing Practice operations. The aircrafts are twin-engine, turboprops, which are reportedly much quieter than jet aircraft.

Bill Wrobel, director of Wallops, said, "We believe this partnership between NASA and the Navy provides the best services for the lowest cost to the American taxpayer. We are steadfast in our commitment to serving as good stewards of taxpayer dollars. In addition, this Navy aircraft activity will help NASA maintain the airfield to support the agency's missions and also provide an economic benefit to the local area."

The Navy's use of Wallops will give some relief at their Auxillary Landing Field in Chesapeake, VA. According to the report, around 20,000 aircraft passes could be conducted during training periods, over the course of the year. Around 10 to 15 weeks in total, during which around 120 Navy personnel will be living in the area.

The Navy will be giving NASA $1.9 million to help repair and upgrade the airfield. Improvements to the airfield are expected to start within the next few weeks. Earlier this year, the Navy reportedly found that there would be no significant impact on the environment from the Navy conducting FCLP and airfield improvements.

"This is important to NASA Wallops because it gives you the ability to utilize the runway to its full capacity. It supports the taxpayers because it does allow us to do that and provide them (the navy) a low cost alternative to doing these flights. So it's a win for us in that it does maintain our facility. It helps the taxpayer because it provides a low cost activity and it supports the local economy. So I think it's a win-win-win. I think everyone in the long run will get something out of this," says Keith Koehler, Public Affairs officer of NASA

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