U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead urging them to station an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Everett following the departure of the USS Abraham Lincoln in 2012. Murray and Larsen stressed the multiple strategic advantages of docking an aircraft carrier at Naval Station Everett and urged the Navy to support the local community that has formed a warm and supportive relationship with them.
“We are writing to urge that a replacement aircraft carrier be stationed at Naval Station Everett when the USS Abraham Lincoln departs in 2012 to conduct refueling operations,” wrote Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Rick Larsen. “Naval Station Everett has many advantages that make it an ideal location for basing a carrier, including strategic access to the Pacific Ocean, outstanding quality of life for sailors and their families, and sustainable, modern facilities.” They argued that replacing the carrier when it leaves “…will ensure the Navy has adequate access to needed carrier resources and support in the Pacific, while demonstrating dedication to a local community that has formed a warm and supportive relationship with the United States Navy.”