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Updated: 8/02/2013 2:57 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Navy is changing the homeport of three coastal patrol ships.

The USS Shamul, USS Zephyr, and USS Tornado are moving from Virginia to NS Mayport.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw said the move underscores the base's key national security role.

"These vessels conduct coastal patrol, maritime security, law enforcement and interception operations around U.S. ports, harbors, and off shore facilities. The patrol craft and the men and women who serve on them will be a welcome addition to the region as they carry out their important missions," said Crenshaw.

The USS Shamal is due in Mayport on Sept. 1.  The USS Zephyr and USS Tornado are due in Mayport on Nov. 1.
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c9bcrewman - 8/2/2013 6:01 PM
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go navy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Realchange - 8/2/2013 5:32 PM
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It's a heavily armed small warship. Several weaknesses though no air defenses worth mentioning (6 SAMS) at sea these would be enough to hold off helos but nothing else. It is extremely vulnerable to sub attack lacking any combat ability against hostile subs. It is however a drug runners worst nightmare. It is fast enough to run down just about anything, but a racing speed boat. It is heavily armed with machine guns and fast firing auto cannons. The class will be decommissioned though soon the hulls are showing extreme wear.
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