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USS New York leaves Norfolk for new Fla. homeport

Dec. 4, 2013 - 01:13PM   |  
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NORFOLK, VA. — The USS New York is on its way to a new homeport in Florida.

The amphibious transport dock ship left Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday. It’s scheduled to arrive at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.

The New York’s commanding officer, Capt. Jon Kreitz, told The Virginian-Pilot that the move is bittersweet for many crew members.

Kreitz says many have spent large parts of their careers in Hampton Roads. But they’re also excited to go to Mayport.

The New York’s cargo includes more than 201 crewmembers’ personal vehicles.

The ship is the first of three Hampton Roads-based ships that the Navy is moving to Mayport. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry will move to Mayport in 2014.

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