JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Impending budget cuts from sequestration could cost the First Coast millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
If furloughs become a reality, that would essentially equate to a 20 percent reduction in salary for the roughly 8,500 civilian employees who work on base at NAS Jacksonville, Mayport and Kings Bay.
According to a spokesman for the Navy Southeast Region, Mike Andrews, federally contracted employees would be required to take off one unpaid day each week from April through the end of fiscal year in September.
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Plus, the impending cuts could delay the move of nearly 3,000 sailors in the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group from Norfolk to Mayport. And that's not the only move affected.
The amphibious ship - New York is scheduled to move to Mayport between October and December this year.
The Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry are also slated to move to Mayport - sometime during the summer of 2014.
Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw says he's not surprised that these moves could be delayed.
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"As I have said all along, sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution will have drastic impacts on the Navy and all of it's bases," Crenshaw said in a statement.
"We saw that with the recent cancellation of the USS Truman deployment to the middle east, and I expect that home-port changes will be impacted as well."
Mayport has not received a new ship since 2006. And next month- the base is set to lose two ships when the Klakring and Underwood retire.
We will have more for you tonight on the impending budget cuts and how it will affect the First Coast tonight at 11.
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