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Congressman: USS New York to Mayport by December

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USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October. US Navy Photo

USS New York (LPD 21) transits in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in October. US Navy Photo

Amphibious warship, USS News York (LPD-21) will be home ported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. by the end of the year, according to a Wednesday release from a Florida congressman.

The ship will be the first in moving the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to Mayport, according to the release from Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R- Fla.).

Dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will join New York  by 2015, according to the release.

Navy officials did not return request for comment on the move as of this posting, but the service has not announced the move publically, according to Navy Times.


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Mayport was slated to be home to a nuclear carrier as part of a plan crafted in early 2010 by then U.S. Fleet Forces commander, Adm. John Harvey.

The move met stiff political resistance and was stalled due to budget constraints in 2012. Mayport is also expected to be a hub for the Littoral Combat Ships starting in 2016.