The aircraft carrier Nimitz arrived at Naval Base Kitsap today with news that it will be staying in Washington for much longer than its scheduled maintenance.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that the ship will call Everett its home port after the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln departs for a four-year overhaul in Hampton Roads, Va.
That’s decision is a big boost to Everett’s economy. The Nimitz has 2,800 sailors and a payroll of more than $200 million.
The Herald of Everett reports that Washington lawmakers campaigned to get a new carrier when it was announced that the Abraham Lincoln would head east.
San Diego, meanwhile, is mourning the loss while trying to lure another carrier.
Mabus said the decision is part of strategic goal to disperse West Coast air craft carriers, saving as much as $100 million over time.
“Many factors were considered here, including the quality of life for our sailors and their families, and the considerable cost savings to the American taxpayers,” said Mabus. “Maintaining a carrier in Everett will ensure long-term strategic dispersal and operational readiness of our fleet which is critical to our national security.”