San Diego to get a third aircraft carrier

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

I return comment for comment.San Diego is one of the largest congregation of military personnel in the free world, and it's going to get a little bigger next year when the U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN-70), a nuclear aircraft carrier, moves to the North Island Naval Air Station from Norfolk, Virginia. Currently, the North Island Naval Air Station is home to the U.S.S. Nimitz (CVN-68) and the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carriers.

U.S.S. Carl Vinson (CVN-68), picture courtesy of WikipediaThe U.S.S. Vinson was commissioned March 13, 1982, and carries 85 planes and a crew of 5,500.

F-14A planes from the Vinson starred in the movie "Top Gun," and you can see the Vinson herself in the opening scenes of the movie "The Presidio," and she starred in thet movie "Behind Enemy Lines."

The military will be upgrading Berth Lima on the base's east side to the tune of $38 million, which also includes fenders and mooring bollards, utility and computer system upgrades, and street paving and drainage work. Additional work to handle the 5,500 service personnel will include reconfiguring the First Street entrance to North Island to provide four lanes of inbound traffic during the morning rush hour and improvements to some streets and intersections surrounding the Naval Air Station.


If you need help buying or selling a home anywhere in San Diego County, please contact me. I'll help you find just the right home or just the right buyers to meet your real estate needs, wants, and goals. Military service personnel welcome! I'm available 24/7, so don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email.


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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

That is very cool!  We use to come there and stay on a sail boat with a friend and one of those times we had a tour of the Kitty Hawk.  It was very exciting.  We would often see the BGB's (big gray boat) going by as we sailed.

Feb 27, 2009 01:39 PM #1
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

That should provide some good investment opportunities in the immediate area at that time.  How are the prices near the base?

Feb 27, 2009 02:22 PM #2
Kathy Knight
Intracoastal Realty Corp - Wilmington, NC
BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Wilmington NC Homes an

Great blog Jim - the military is good business - especially now. That should bring more business into town for you I hope...

Feb 27, 2009 03:39 PM #3
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Jim the USS Vinson is the perfect example of the USS Never Port.  Carriers move around so much that it is almost impossible to tell where they are stationed.  I'll bet the crew is excited about having a more permanent home port (especially SD). 

Feb 28, 2009 01:12 PM #4
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Jim, interesting info about the aircraft carriers.  I'm always looking for things to do on vacation.

Mar 25, 2010 03:49 PM #5
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