About NAVY LAKEHURST, it will indeed be owned and operated by MCGUIRE Air Force in October, lock, stock and barrel. As will FORT DIX ARMY BASE - the three will form the first MEGA BASE in the world. It is THREE continuous properties that are connected except for a small highway (rt. 539) which will have a bridge built over it to move tanks from Fort Dix to a whole new storage area in Lakehurst.
Meanwhile, the Air Force has extended one major runway and will be also re-activating our massive runway at the test department where we have TWO full scale working air craft carrier launch platforms (I make the steam to launch the jets and test the launch valves from all the carriers around the world).
The Navy will still function (supposedly with little change) but under the Air Force's thumb. I really don't know what the future of all this will bring, I'm happy to be around another decade to retire - steam catapult launch equipment will be in use for at least 30 to 40 years - at Lakehurst we have the only Electro-magnetic Assisted Launch facility, so far it isn't working as planned and you cannot fit the steam cats in the bays of the carriers being built under the assumption the EMALS will work. This is stopping carrier production in its tracks.
Steam has been successful WITHOUT FAIL for more than 6 decades - no planes have every been lost to steam cat failure, ever. But, Electro-mag is what they want and for 4 years I have watched it NOT even launch a toaster yet - the facility is only a few hundred yards from my building.
Lots of Changes Coming, but basically you will have (likely) three main gates leading into the MEGA BASE - Lord help us, none of them can keep their own operations in order, imagine when the Army and Navy have to explain funding issues to a CO from the Air Force - the high ranking rep from the AF came to our steam plant, she had no idea what we do, and honestly little to know concept of what gets a plane off the ship, into the air and catches it safely (BTW) we make the arresting cables here too at Lakehurst. Personally, I think it will be a logistical nightmare for years and years to come.