WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, today (3/12) called the Navy’s homeport change for the USS New York (LPD 21) from Norfolk, VA to Mayport “great news” for Northeast Florida.

The USS New York is one of three ships in the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which also includes the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43). The USS New York homeport shift is effective December 1, 2013, and the remaining ships in the ARG are scheduled to move to Mayport by 2015, according to Navy plans.

“As Congress deals with very difficult budget decisions, this is promising news for national security and the First Coast. This first phase of the ARG move to Mayport underscores the Navy’s commitment to a strategic dispersal of assets – a strategy I have long advocated on Capitol Hill,” said Crenshaw, who received notification of the move today (3/12).

The USS New York move will bring 31 officers and 326 enlisted sailors and their families to the region.

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