Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NAVY; Stay within Budget

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NAVY; Stay within Budget

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The person in charge of the new Duval County Courthouse must be moonlighting as a naval shipbuilder.

The projected cost of a courthouse has risen from $190 million in 2000 to $454 million today, according to a Times-Union article.

Shipbuilding cost overruns aren't that bad. But, still, they're unacceptable.

Littoral Combat Ships are seen as crucial in the war on terror because, as the Times-Union reported last year, they move much faster than traditional destroyers and can come close to the shore without getting stuck.

But when one Littoral Combat Ship exceeded its $275 million budget by about $100 million, reports, a second order was canceled.

That's significant locally because, as city of Jacksonville military affairs director Dan McCarthy notes, Mayport Naval Station hopes to homeport several Littoral Combat Ships.

It still hasn't been decided whether to put them here or at Norfolk, Va., but McCarthy says Mayport is the logical choice, for two reasons:

- They are to replace frigates, and 13 of the 18 Atlantic Coast frigates are here. …

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