By Associated Press - Saturday, March 21, 2015

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) - At a time many military bases around the country are dealing with major budget cuts, a Marine Corps base in Eastern North Carolina is preparing for significant upgrades to accommodate new fighter planes.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported Saturday ( ) that $183 million in new construction projects are planned for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point over the next five years.

The plans include security upgrades to pave the way for basing F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Cherry Point, including new fencing. The facility upgrades also include two new aircraft maintenance hangars and improvements related to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles at the base.

The single-seat F-35 Lightning II is the U.S. military’s next generation fighter jet for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

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