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Navy lets the grass grow in a cost-cutting move

Friday - 5/31/2013, 1:30pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Navy's spit-and-polish image is taking a bruising in southeast Virginia as it lets the grass go longer to cut costs.

In a move expected to save the Navy $1.9 million a year, Hampton Roads installations have instructed the civilian contractor responsible for lawn care to let grass grow 1 foot before cutting it.

It's part of the $4 billion the military has had to slash under the automatic cuts known as sequestration.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/116TRz1) reported Friday that the grass at Norfolk Naval Station and other area bases was getting that bad neighbor look after days of rain.

At Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, visitors to the master jet base found tall grass and weeds.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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