(Final EIS suggests a compromise)….The Final Environmental Impact Statement is for F-35C West Coast Home Basing.
The Navy released the document Thursday morning. The Navy’s decision was to Home Base the F-35C at Naval Air Station Lemoore or the Naval Air Facility El Centro. The preferred alternative, according to the EIS is to place seven fleet squadrons plus the fleet replacement squadron at Lemoore, while maintaining training operations at NAF El Centro. The navy says this alternative best meets mission requirements, optimizes operational efficiencies related to personnel, training and logistics support functions, maximizes the reuse of existing facilities and minimizes the need for new construction, and preserves NAF as a valuable training asset. The Final EIS is available online, and at the Public Libraries in El Centro and Imperial, as well as Imperial County Free Library Branches in Holtville, Heber and Seeley. After a 30 day waiting period, the Secretary of the Navy or his representative will sign a record of decision, which will be published in the Federal Register.