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USS Klakring decommissioned at Mayport

8:14 PM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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MAYPORT, Fla. -- Naval Station Mayport can handle up to 34 ships, but after Friday morning, just 13 will call the base home.

The USS Klakring was decommissioned, two weeks after the USS Underwood, a fast frigate, was decommissioned.

The Klakring, which has been in service since 1983, will be towed to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance office in Philadelphia, where it will soon go up for foreign sale.

The ship had a crew of 17 officers, 198 enlisted personnel and could support a helicopter detachment.

The decommissioning is another loss for the Mayport Naval Station, which hasn't had a new ship since 2006.
    
Mayport used to have two aircraft carriers and 28 ships, 30,000 sailors. Now, 13 ships will call Mayport home, with about 5,000 sailors.
    
There is good news ahead though: The Navy said the landing platform the USS New York will move to Mayport on December 1st with 357 sailors aboard.

Two more ships, the USS Iwo Jima and Ft McHenry, are set to arrive the following year.

Mayport has also been named the favorite to have 14 new littoral combat ships to be homeported here starting in 2016.

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