JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A cost-cutting measure within the United States Navy is actually good news for the river city.
There are currently three Navy bases serving as home base for the new P-8A Poseidon plane. But that's about to change.
Currently, the home bases are NAS Jax, along with bases in Washington state and Hawaii.
But to save money, the Navy is pulling the planes from Hawaii and dividing them up between Jacksonville's base and Washington's.
They're still determining how many planes NAS Jax will get.
Navy officials at NAS Jax said that's good news. But it could have some negative impacts on our community. Navy leaders said an increase in planes means an increase in noise.
"There's a slight change in the overall noise impact, about 100 more acres at most would fall within the high noise areas around the base here," said Richard Keys with the US Fleet Forces Command.
Leighton Tesche lives just beyond NAS Jax's perimeter. She said growing up there, she's used to the noise. She really doesn't even notice it anymore. An increase doesn't discourage her.
"It'll probably be a little bit more noise but, you know, it's the sound of freedom and I feel safe knowing the base is right there and what is going on and how we are being protected," she said.
She fully supports the Navy and it's mission. In about a month, a squadron will deploy on these planes for the very first time. Tactical Coordinator Lt. Meredith Trezise said it is an honor for Jacksonville and she's proud to be a part of it.
"It's a lot a easier for me than it was in the P3. I can see so much more and do so much more."
The Navy is holding a public hearing Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Orange Park to hear community concerns. The final decision will be made in the spring of 2014.
The first-ever deployment of the P-8A Poseidon will happen from NAS Jax in about a month. The team will be gone for between six and 12 months.