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Naval Station Mayport’s newest Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship has finally made it home for the first time.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Hector Cortes, from Puerto Rico, prepares heaving lines on Aug. 29, 2019, at Naval Station Mayport in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
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Jacksonville’s Naval Station Mayport is among the many military bases that will have to deal with significantly hotter days, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mayport has historically seen eight days a year with heat index values over 100 degrees. By 2050, that number is projected to jump to 74 days.

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An African-American Navy officer who retired in Jacksonville said he remembers being blatantly ignored when he gave commands.

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A Navy wife says Naval Hospital Jacksonville left a portion of a needle in her spine when she gave birth there over a decade ago.

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One issue military families deal with more frequently than civilians is prolonged separations.

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Thousands of sailors and Marines based in Jacksonville are looking at months ahead without their families after they shipped out from the Mayport Navy base aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima Wednesday.

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A memorial service with full military honors will be held Saturday at Jacksonville Pet Memorial Park for a retired Navy K9.


Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build two Jacksonville distribution centers — with the latest slated to go near the Cecil Commerce Center on the city’s Westside.

It’s the latest example of industrial development’s booming at the site of the former Navy base.

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An injured Navy veteran from Jacksonville competed against other military veterans for $50,000 before a national audience.

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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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A local ship repair company has gotten a Navy contract, a major win for the company.


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Dave Bruderly wanted to be a Navy officer, like his father. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, Dave saw the world from ships. What he learned inspired him to become an environmental consultant who specializes in oceans.

Bruderly grew up in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He greatly admired his father, who had been a submarine commander in World War II. That’s when he came up with a plan that would shape his life.

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Investigators have located the navigation deck of the sunken El Faro cargo ship.

A Navy tugboat confirmed it had found the rest of the ship almost two weeks ago.

The latest find is important because the vessel’s data recorder, which can hold information about how the El Faro met its fate, is fastened to the bridge deck.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the search for the recorder is now underway.

The cargo ship, owned by TOTE Services, sank near the Bahamas when it crossed paths with Hurricane Joaquin last month.

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Navy sailors will have the opportunity to pitch ideas in front of military personnel and entrepreneurs at a Jacksonville event Thursday night.

The Navy hopes the sailors will help improve practices and technology.

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This weekend the Blue Angels military flight team used Jacksonville’s sky as its stage.

WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride rode along on Friday to experience the aircraft acrobatics first hand.

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Coast Guard crews are continuing to search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas. The ship left from Jacksonville last Tuesday and the search began Friday.

One of the 33 crew members aboard was Shawn Rivera. His great-uncle, Barry Young, was with other crew members’ families near the Seafarers International Union hall Monday  afternoon.

He says he’s praying for his great-nephew to come home.

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The state of Florida is suing the Navy over an accident that heavily damaged Jacksonville’s Mathews Bridge two years ago.

The state owns the heavily traveled bridge that spans the St. Johns River.

A more than 750-foot Navy ship was being towed in September of 2013 when it crashed into the bridge and caused $4 million in damage.

As the Florida News Service reports, the lawsuit filed by the Florida Transportation Department is seeking payments from the Navy and Moran Towing Corporation. 


  Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Sports Council announced Wednesday afternoon the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2016 home game against Notre Dame will take place next year at EverBank Field.

In even years, when the Navy is the home team, the Notre Dame football game is moved to a neutral site due to large crowds. Next year, the Navy will host the Fighting Irish at EverBank Field.

As thunder boomed in the stadium, Chairman of the Jacksonville Sports Council Carl Cannon made the announcement.

NAS Jacksonville Hosts First-Ever Gay Pride Event

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Since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed a few years back, the military has had to find a way to integrate a newly outed community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members.  

On Tuesday, Naval Air Station Jacksonville held its first-ever gay pride event. A Navy spokeswoman says the celebration is first on any Navy base in the southeastern United States.

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 Pentagon is proposing regulation changes that protect members of the armed forces from predatory lending.

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A First Coast native has just landed a prominent military post.

Eddie Wayne Davis, Lenny Curry and Mike Crews are in the headlines today.

USS Stark Remembered

May 17, 2013
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Today marks the 26th anniversary of the attack on the U.S.S Stark in the Arabian Gulf. Every year on this date, Mayport Naval Station holds a memorial service to honor the 37 sailors who were killed aboard the guided missile frigate. 

One by one, the names of those sailors are read, followed by the tolling of a bell. Retired Rear Admiral George Huchting, who spoke to the gathering about the special bond among shipmates, says the memorial service lets people stop and remember those who died in service to their country.

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The U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert was in Jacksonville today to meet with Navy officials and others at NAS Jax.

He talked about the importance of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia to Navy operations.

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  A bracelet was all it took to bring two strangers from different ends of the country together on Saturday, according to a story from the St. Augustine Record.

Peggy Cornacchio of Massachusetts wore the bracelet as a child to honor a U.S. prisoner of war fighting in Vietnam (similar bracelets were worn by many during the war), even though she had never met the man whose name her bracelet bore: Navy pilot Giles Norrington.