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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 6:33am

Navy Wants St. Marys Airport Moved

Updated: 2 years ago.
Security concerns have been heightened at the high-security submarine base after two skydivers missed the airport on Aug.12 and landed on the installation. (photo courtesy of Divemasterking2000 on Flickr)

The Navy has informed the Federal Aviation Administration that it wants a small Georgia airport moved amid concerns that airplanes and skydivers pose a threat to security at a key U.S. submarine base on the coast.

Rear Adm. John C. Scorby, commander of the Navy's Southeast Region, outlined the military's concerns in a Tuesday letter to the FAA's Southern Region.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the Navy wants the nearby St. Mary's Airport relocated to ensure safe and uninterrupted operations at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Security concerns have been heightened at the high-security submarine base after two skydivers missed the airport on Aug.12 and landed on the installation. They were briefly detained my military security and then released, but debate about security has continued since that incident.

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