Florida Nuke Carrier Base Could Cost Less: GAO

A new government estimate of the cost to build a home port for a nuclear aircraft carrier in Florida claims the facility could be built for nearly half the U.S. Navy's cost estimate. The Navy says it would cost $537 million to upgrade its existing Mayport base to accommodate a nuke. But the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a report released March 3, puts the cost at between $356 million and as little as $259 million – 48 percent of the Navy's estimate.

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