MAYPORT, Florida -- (NNS) -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) returned to homeport December 9th, 2018 after approximately three months of being underway.
The three month underway began with a trip to Naval Station Newport in support of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). During their time in Newport, New York had the opportunity to host delegates and foreign officials from over 110 countries aboard for a reception to facilitate open discussion regarding common security issues and enhance international maritime security cooperation and global partnerships.
After the completion of ISS, the New York made a port visit to New York City. While in New York, Sailors visited with Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets, toured the 9-11 memorials, assisted Project Hospitality in community outreach and enjoyed multiple events hosted by the New York City Navy League.
Next, New York, along with other components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, sailed across the Atlantic to participate in Trident Juncture 18, a large-scale NATO exercise that took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. New York, along with 31 allies and partner nations completed the exercise. Around 150 aircraft, 70 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles were used during the exercise which served to enhance professional relationships and improve overall coordination between allies and partner militaries in the event of a crisis.
New York enjoyed a final port visit in Portsmouth, England before returning to the United States. Once in the United States, the New York pulled into to Moorhead City, N.C. to complete Marine offload before returning to sea to meet a few more requirements before navigating home.
USS New York (LPD 21) is returning home to enter into a continuous maintenance availability and spend some quality time in homeport after completion of an arduous operational year.
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