WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (2/28) applauded the Navy’s announcement of Naval Station Mayport as the “preferred alternative” for homeporting all East Coast Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

“The Littoral Combat Ship is the future of the Navy, and this decision places Mayport center stage when it comes to our national security,” said Crenshaw. “I am strongly encouraged that the Navy has called Mayport its ‘preferred alternative’ for homeporting these vessels. Northeast Florida military bases are a solid anchor to our national security, and homeporting the East Coast LCS fleet at Mayport is a natural fit for this ship.”

On Thursday, February 28, the U.S. Navy prepared and released a draft environmental assessment to evaluate the potential environmental effects of homeporting 14 LCSs at either Naval Station Norfolk, VA or Naval Station Mayport by 2020.

“Although no final decision has yet been made, the Navy's preferred alternative is to homeport the initial East Coast LCSs at Naval Station Mayport,” stated the Navy’s press release.

This Draft EA will be available for a 30 day public review and comment period until March 29, 2013, and can be accessed at the following website: