I am alarmed that the USS Abraham Lincoln left on Tuesday and there is a chance she may never return to Everett. Currently, there is no identified replacement coming. Why haven’t Rep. Rick Larsen and Sens. Murray and Cantwell secured another aircraft carrier for the Lincoln? Of course they did send a letter to the Secretary of the Navy.
About five years ago, I wrote the military value assessment for Everett’s defense of our homeport before the BRAC (Base Realignment And Closure) Committee. Naval Station Everett was one of the last bases to be eliminated for possible closure. Rep. Larsen did not attend a single BRAC meeting in the Pentagon with the Navy or the Department of Defense. Our elected officials have failed to protect our homeport. They lost the 787 second production line, Boeing moved their headquarters to Chicago and to date there is no 767 tanker contract.
I just hope they haven’t lost our aircraft carrier, which would probably lead to the loss of Naval Station Everett, our second largest employer after Boeing in Snohomish County.
Captain, USN (Retired)