Naval Station Mayport

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People living near Naval Station Mayport may hear gunfire coming from the base next week, but the Navy says not to worry.

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Friends, family and crew are exercising some extra patience as the USS Wichita’s return home to Mayport is delayed by Tropical Storm Elsa.

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Sailors conducted a decommissioning ceremony Tuesday aboard the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Shamal (PC 13) at Naval Station Mayport.

USS Sioux City Returns Home To NS Mayport

Dec 4, 2020

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City returned home from deployment on Friday morning. Part of the crew’s mission included counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.

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A $16.5 million contract has been awarded to restore Naval Station Mayport’s destroyer slip south quay wall.

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Ahead of President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville Thursday, the Florida Democratic Party held a virtual roundtable with local veterans to talk about why they will be supporting Joe Biden in November.

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The captain of a guided missile cruiser based at Naval Station Mayport was relieved of command this week. 

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With hurricane season beginning June 1, Naval Station Mayport is planning for its annual training exercise on how to respond to natural disasters and how to evacuate the base if a storm heads to Northeast Florida. 

Called HURREX 20, the training will run from May 11 to May 15, and involve a simulated storm system that will develop and intensify to hurricane strength.

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Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, along with other Navy commands around the country, are getting ready to conduct drills designed to train emergency responders ahead of hurricane season.

Ships That Collided During Refueling Will Be Assessed At NS Mayport

Feb 6, 2019

Two United States Navy ships collided on Tuesday during refueling and will receive a full assessment at Naval Station Mayport, according to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46.

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The USS Sioux City arrived Wednesday at its new home base, Naval Station Mayport.  

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Seventeen years ago on Septemer 11, 2001, America watched in horror as two  hijacked commercial airliners slammed into the World Trade towers in New York City, an act of terrorism that killed nearly 3,00,000 people and injured many thousands more.

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The Navy wants to make sure its families in Jacksonville are ready for this year’s hurricane season.

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Naval Station Mayport’s newest ship has arrived.

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The Navy wants to make sure people aren’t alarmed when they hear automatic gun fire coming from its area bases over the next couple of weeks.

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Jacksonville’s Naval Station Mayport is one of three bases where the Navy is considering headquartering its East Coast drone operations. The project would bring 400 jobs to Mayport.

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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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Jacksonville’s Mayport Naval Station is welcoming a new command center that’ll help coordinate a fleet of super-fast combat ships.

The high-tech building is the beginning of Mayport’s transformation into the country’s Eastern hub for the vessels called Littoral Combat Ships.

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Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $630,000 to obtain the development rights for several acres west of Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.

The deal is viewed as a way to restrict the amount of future development within the neighboring Mayport Village and as a defense against potential military downsizing in the next round of the federal process known as "Base Realignment and Closure," which could occur in 2017.

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Experts at the present time seem confident Hurricane Joaquin won't make landfall along the First Coast, but that doesn't mean the area will be free from some gnarly weather.

The Coast Guard is warning swimmers about dangerous rip currents in hopes of clearing Florida’s beaches.

But that warning is more of a call to action for some beachgoers.

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Hundreds of Southeast Navy Chief Petty Officers and soon-to-be chiefs gathered in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay shared their pride at Metropolitan Park.

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Jacksonville has received nearly half a million dollars in state grants to go toward military base projects.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a press release the grants will help toward the city’s goal of playing a larger role in the nation’s defense.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott  announced one grant will go toward an ongoing project to create a buffer at the Westside’s Whitehouse Naval Airfield.

A second grant will help with road improvements at Naval Station Mayport to help ease traffic congestion along State Road A1A.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's new bus routes, the Duval GOP Secretary and a local protest about Eric Gardner are all in the headlines affecting Northeast Florida today.

The USS Roosevelt, St. Johns River taxi and a motorcycle ride to honor Jordan Davis are in the headlines today.

Sailors met their newborn children for the first time, marriage proposals were asked, and tears of joy and laughter abounded as the crew of the USS Roosevelt disembarked from the ship that was their home for the last nine months just in time to join their families for the holidays.

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The senior enlisted sailor of a Jacksonville-based U.S. Navy helicopter squadron currently supporting security operations in the Persian Gulf  has been relieved of his duties and reassigned due to poor performance.

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Sailors from Naval Station Mayport were deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea on Saturday as the situation in Iraq continues to intensify.

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U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary Sean Stackley and Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw were in Jacksonville Tuesday on a fact-finding mission.

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U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert told sailors at Mayport Naval Station Tuesday he understands their anxiety over military pay, health care and future deployments.

Beach erosion, the Duval County School Board, and JAXPORT are in the headlines today.