JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The USS New York is moving to Mayport from Norfolk, Virginia, this week. It's the first of three ships that will move to be home ported at the Navy Base.
"This is a big deal for Mayport," said Captain Wes McCall.
The ships are being moved to keep Mayport near the top of the list when it comes to being a player for military defense.
McCall said the move is also big for Jacksonville. When all three ships arrive by 2015, 2,000 sailors and their families will call Jacksonville home.
"You bring 2,000 new families here, the benefits are going to be pretty substantial," said McCall.
The Captain went on to say it's a big step in the right direction for the base, especially after the USS Kennedy left several years ago.
"You know we were down there in the bottom of the bucket with population," said McCall. "Over the next couple of years I think we're going to see some significant growth.
The USS Fort McHenry and the USS Iwo Jima are expected to move to Mayport by 2015.
First Coast News