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The U.S. Navy’s new drone program will be calling Jacksonville home.

Naval Station Mayport beat out fellow Florida base Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA flight facility in Virginia for the contract.


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Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is urging the Navy to make Florida home for a new squadron of unmanned drones.

Jacksonville is one of three sites currently in the running.

Two of the three sites being considered for the new squadron of unmanned aerial surveillance drones are in Florida — Naval Air Station Key West and Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville. NASA Flight Facility in Virginia is also being considered.

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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson wants federal investigators to take another dive into the Atlantic to locate the data recorder for sunken cargo ship El Faro.

Nelson says the recorder could go a long way toward piecing together why the ship sailed directly into a powerful hurricane three months ago.


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A ship commander stationed at Mayport Navy Base has been relieved of her duty amidst allegations she behaved inappropriately.

Lieutenant Commander Alisha Hamilton was in charge of the USS Shamal, one of the ships assigned to patrol the coast and shield against terrorist attacks.

A Navy spokesman declined to give further detail about the allegations against Hamilton. He says the investigation into her behavior is ongoing.

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Three U.S. Navy submarines have been cleared for duty after a Jacksonville company performed unauthorized repairs on them.

Navy officials took the USS Minnesota, USS North Dakota and USS John Warner out of service after it discovered the company NuFlow had modified parts used in the fast-attack subs’ propulsion systems.

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