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USS New York en route to Mayport

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Updated: 12/05/2013 12:50 pm
ABOARD THE USS NEW YORK -- Naval Station Mayport's newest resident is currently making its move south.

The USS New York left Norfolk, Va., Wednesday and began its voyage to its new home at Naval Station Mayport.

It's the first of three ships in the amphibious ready group to move to Mayport. The other two are the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Ft. McHenry. They'll make the move in 2014.

Local lawmakers fought long and hard for the move, arguing that it makes more strategic sense to spread out the nation's defense resources along the Atlantic Coast instead of having them all homeported in Norfolk.

The USS New York is designed to carry Marines and their equipment to the fight. What makes this ship special is that it's a floating tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Its bow was cast from 7.5 tons of steel recovered from the World Trade Center.

More than 300 sailors and Marines will move with the USS New York, and make Jacksonville their home.

The ship is expected to arrive at naval Station Mayport Friday.

Action News has a crew on board the ship. Keep it here for continuing coverage.

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