Secretary of the Navy Announces Early Move for Amphibious Ready Group


Story Number: NNS120615-29Release Date: 6/15/2012 12:53:00 PM
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From Department of Defense Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 15 that the first amphibious ready group (ARG) ship scheduled to shift homeport to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., will arrive in the last quarter of calendar year 2013.

USS New York (LPD 21), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), will shift from their current homeport of Norfolk, Va., to Mayport. The New York will be the first to change homeport, followed by the Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry in 2014.

Mabus originally announced Feb. 28 that the ARG would arrive no later than 2015.

The accelerated timeline ensures continued viability of the Mayport ship repair industrial base and maintains the capabilities of the Jacksonville fleet concentration area, thereby preserving surge capability and reducing risk to fleet resources in the event of natural or manmade contingencies.

"I am very pleased that the Navy is able to condense the time horizon for the arrival of the Mayport ARG," stated Mabus. "The move underscores just how important Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport are to our national defense, and how committed we are to strategic dispersal on the East Coast."

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks with the media.
120615-N-AC887-005 MAYPORT, Florida. (June 15, 2012) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus speaks with the media after announcing the first amphibious ready group (ARG) ship scheduled to shift homeport to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., will arrive in the last quarter of calendar year 2013. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) will be the first to change homeport, followed by the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) in 2014. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/Released)
June 15, 2012
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