PROPOSED ACTION

The Navy proposes to transition the remaining F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft operated by the Fleet squadrons based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana to the F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet, as well as retire the F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft operated by the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). The proposed transition would involve an approximate one-for-one aircraft replacement and would occur at NAS Oceana, Virginia. The F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet Fleet squadrons would progressively transition to F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet aircraft beginning as early as 2018. Concurrently, the FRS would retire its F/A‑18A/C/D aircraft as demand for F/A‑18A/C/D replacement pilot training diminishes. The majority of the aircraft based at NAS Oceana transitioned to F/A-18E/F Super Hornet over a decade ago (as part of a separate action - the 2003 Record of Decision for the Introduction of the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet Aircraft to the East Coast) and are currently conducting flight training operations at NAS Oceana and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress.

The Proposed Action would provide newer, more capable, and more reliable aircraft to the NAS Oceana-based strike fighter community. Since F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet flight training is nearly identical to F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet flight training, the type and quantity of flight training operations at NAS Oceana and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) Fentress, and in associated airspace, are not expected to be affected by the proposed transition to F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and the subsequent retirement of F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft. Other than minor modifications to aircraft auxiliary power utilities in hangars, and installation of F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet-compatible electrical distribution on the flight line, no major construction or facility modifications are planned. The Proposed Action would involve an increase of approximately 62 personnel.

BACKGROUND

The purpose of the Proposed Action is to provide newer, more capable, and more reliable aircraft to the NAS Oceana-based strike fighter community using F/A‑18E/F aircraft until F‑35C Joint Strike Fighter aircraft are available, all required analyses have been completed, and a home basing decision has been made. The Proposed Action is needed to support the Navy’s national defense requirements under Title 10 U.S.C. Section 5062 because F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft have been used in support of world-wide operations at higher rates than originally projected. This has resulted in accelerated airframe fatigue, which is rapidly hastening the date at which F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft will reach the end of their service life and would need to be retired. While the Navy initially intended to replace F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft with F‑35C Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, entry of the F‑35C Joint Strike Fighter into the Navy inventory has been delayed and will not be available before the current inventory of F/A‑18A/C/D Hornet aircraft based at NAS Oceana has been retired. No other aircraft carrier (CVN)-capable strike fighter aircraft exists to cover the delay in the introduction of the F‑35C Joint Strike Fighter.

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