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Hundreds of new sailors and their families are adjusting to live in Jacksonville

10:02 PM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The USS New York has been at it's new home at Mayport for several days. Still, the hundreds of sailors who moved with the ship are adjusting to their new homes.

Kris Edmondson is a work and family life consultant with the Fleet Family Support Center, Mayport. He work began with the sailors on the USS New York as it was making it's way south from Norfolk.

"We're getting them acquainted with the services at Mayport," she said.

On board, Edmondon and her team had counseling sessions for sailors so they would be more prepared when the ship docked at it's new home. She said sailors had some concerns.

"You're looking at, of course, relocation, where to live, will their spouses have a job, where will their kids go to school," she said.

The work Edmondson started on board, is continuing on base.

"Letting them know what's available," she said.

The USS New York is one of three ships that will move to it's new home at Mayport from Norfolk.

Both the USS Fort McHenry and the USS Iwo Jima are expected to be on the first coast by 2015.  

Edmondson said she's already working to prepare those sailors as well.

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