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Navy pulls the plug on NAS Oceana Air Show due to budget cuts (New video and photos)

Posted on: 12:06 pm, April 9, 2013, by , updated on: 11:25am, April 10, 2013

The remaining performances by the Blue Angels in 2013 have been canceled due to budget restrictions, U.S. Navy officials announced Tuesday morning.

This includes the 2013 Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show and concurrent performance at the event by the Blue Angels.

“The Oceana Air Show highlights the tremendous partnership between the people in the Hampton Roads area and our Navy team. It is unfortunate we must cancel the 2013 celebration due to the continuing budget challenges. Over the years, the city and many community agencies have developed strong partnerships with the Navy and the Air Show affords us an opportunity to highlight military service during the three-day event. However, until we finish our evaluation of what the current budget will support, with priority on operational and Fleet readiness, we have no choice but to cancel the Air Show,” said Capt. Bob Geis, commanding officer of NAS Oceana.

The Naval Air Force released a statement saying, “Recognizing budget realities, current Defense policy states that outreach events can only be supported with local assets at no cost to the government. This is one of many steps the Navy is taking to ensure resources are in place to support forces operating forward now and those training to relieve them.”

The cancellation includes flyovers at games and special events, as well as air shows.

The Navy says the squadron will continue to train in Pensacola in order to “maintain flying proficiency until further notice.”

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  • Members of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform the diamond 360 maneuver over Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif.,

  • U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots fly in formation during a photo shoot

  • The Blue Angels fly in the delta formation over St. George, Utah.

  • Capt. Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, leads a formation

  • Capt. Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, leads a formation

  • Capt. Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, leads a formation

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, maintenance team members perform a ground demonstration

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, maintenance team members perform a ground demonstration

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, maintenance team members stand in formation prior to an air show

  • The Blue Angels, Solo pilots perform the "Fortus Maneuver" at the Marine Corps Air Station

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Lt. C. J. Simonson, lead solo pilot flies a sneak pass at nearly the speed of sound, 50 feet over the runway

  • Aviation Ordinanceman 1st Class Nathaniel Stuart, from Springville, Utah

  • Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class Arnold Bredesen, from San Diego, Calif.

  • Marine Capt. Brandon Cordill, Blue Angel left wingman, flies an F/A-18 Hornet during a practice flight

  • Marine Capt. Brandon Cordill, Blue Angel left wingman, performs a looping maneuver in an F/A-18

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Hatfield relays safety signals as a ground safety observer

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots taxi in formation onboard Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

  • Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Julio Ruizsalinas gives the signal to start an F/A-18 Hornet engine

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, pilots perform take off checks prior to an aerial demonstration

  • Fat Albert Pilot, Capt. A. J. Harrell, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, signs autographs after performing a flight

  • Capt. Brandon Cordill, left wingman of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron

  • .S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Left Wing Pilot Marine Corps Capt. Brandon Cordill prepares for a practice

  • U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Right Wing Pilot Lt. John Hiltz flies inverted

  • Team members stand in formation as part of a ground demonstration

  • Team members stand in formation as part of a ground demonstration

  • The Blue Angels, perform a practice flight demonstration over Pensacola Beach.

  • Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Hanna Rains

  • Lt. C.J. Simonsen, lead solo pilot for the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, performs a Sneak Pass

  • Pilots set up for a diamond formation maneuver over the Gulf of Mexico

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