JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The USS New York, USS Iwo Jima and USS Fort McHenry are moving to Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday that the New York -- the first amphibious ready group ship scheduled to shift homeport to Mayport -- will arrive in late 2013. The Iwo Jima and Fort McHenry will follow in 2014. That's sooner than the previously announced 2015 arrival.
Sen. Bill Nelson says the accelerated move is great news for the local economy, the security of the U.S. fleet and the ship repair business in Jacksonville.
The New York is notable because steel salvaged from the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks was used in its construction.
Mayport will begin receiving littoral combat ships in 2016. The naval station is also in line to homeport a nuclear carrier.