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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today welcomed the Navy’s announcement that it will homeport six Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships at Naval Station Mayport.

“Naval Station Mayport should be the rightful home of the Navy’s cutting edge ships and technologies, and I’m pleased by what the LCS will mean for Florida and Jacksonville’s military community,” said Rubio. “With this announcement the Navy is again demonstrating how vital Mayport is to U.S. national defense and our maritime security posture.

“I send an early welcome to the 900 sailors and their relatives who will soon be coming to Jacksonville to operate these ships,” added Rubio.

The six Freedom-class ships that are scheduled to be based at Mayport are Little Rock (LCS 9), Sioux City (LCS 11), Wichita (LCS 13), Billings (LCS 15), Indianapolis (LCS 17) and LCS 19.