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USS Iwo Jima will leave Jacksonville for new homeport

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Donald King
The USS Iwo Jima

The USS Iwo Jima will leave Naval Station Mayport on Friday for a new homeport in Norfolk, Virginia.

Iwo Jima has been stationed at Naval Station Mayport for seven years and completed three deployments during that time.

The amphibious assault ship deployed this year for seven months of exercises and operations and returned in October.

“On behalf of Iwo Jima’s crew, I would like to personally thank Naval Station Mayport and the Jacksonville community for the support they have provided the ship and her crew,” Capt. J.A. Krier said in a news release. “Though we have enjoyed our time at Naval Station Mayport, the crew is excited for the transition to Norfolk and is ready to make a positive impact on the community here."

The Iwo Jima was commissioned June 30, 2001, in Pensacola with a initial homeport in Norfolk. It moved to Naval Station Mayport in August 2014.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.