MAYPORT, Fla. -- With her crew standing proudly around her perimeter, the USS New York pulled into to its new home port Friday at Naval Station Mayport.
U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw said, "I think it just shows how committed the Navy is to Mayport. It shows what a national asset we have right here."
Crenshaw and Sen. Bill Nelson were major players in getting the New York to Jacksonville. For years, the ship has been at the center of a political tug-of-war with Norfolk.
"There are a lot of ships in Norfolk,Va., and sometimes we kind of compete with them. But when you put all your eggs in one basket, and then you have a problem," said Crenshaw.
The problem for Norfolk was losing the economic impact a ship like this has on the community.
Sen. Nelson said, "We're talking about, in the entire amphibious ready group, 3,000 sailors and Marines. That's an impact of $75 million a year to the Jacksonville community."
"Three thousand new sailors and their families; that's great for the local community, and obviously it's very important for national defense," said Crenshaw.
About 360 sailors and Marines are attached to the USS New York. The other two ships making the move to Mayport are the USS Iwo Jima and the USS Fort McHenry.
The three ships total will bring the 3,000 sailors and Marines Crenshaw and Nelson were talking about.