Courtesy: Blue Angels
Spending cuts imposed on the federal government have forced the Navy to ground the Blue Angels.
The Flight Demonstration Squadron will not perform any of their remaining 32 performances in 2013. That includes the annual homecoming show scheduled for November 1-2 at NAS Pensacola.
Last week, the Air Force announced the Thunderbirds would not perform again this year.
The move is a result of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The Navy, Air Force and the rest of the federal government must deal with $85 billion in cuts for the rest of fiscal year, which ends September 30.
“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 Navy said in an official statement.
The Blue Angels’ last performance was March 24 in Key West. They will continue to train at NAS Pensacola for when the budget crunch ends.
“The Navy believes there is value in demonstrating the professionalism and capabilities of our Navy and Marine Corps Naval Aviation team, thus inspiring future generations of Sailors and Marines. The Navy intends to continue aerial demonstrations in the future as the budget situation permits.”
Governor Scott issued the following statement on the cancellation of the Blue Angels Air Show for 2013 due to sequestration.
Governor Scott said the decision is a major economic blow to Florida.
"Families come from everywhere to enjoy the show and watch America’s military might on display," said Scott. "These visitors fill area hotels, they eat at our restaurants and enjoy our beaches. The President missed a real opportunity to lead and help Florida families get back to work by making government more efficient and reducing spending in ways that make sense."