Published: May 10, 2011 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: May 10, 2011 2:30 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy plans to maintain its 2019 timeline for moving a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier from Virginia to Florida despite pressure from Florida lawmakers to speed up the move by three years.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says in a letter to the Florida delegation that the 2019 timeline is the best balance of risk and available resources.

Florida lawmakers had written Mabus asking him to move a carrier from Norfolk to Mayport, Fla., in the 2016 fiscal year. They said it was necessary to reduce national security risks.

The Navy wants to move a carrier from Virginia because Norfolk is currently the only home port for all five East Coast-based aircraft carriers.

Defense officials contend that's a national security concern, citing threats of manmade calamity, terrorism and natural disasters.

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