Naval Station Mayport has the favor of the Navy to homeport 14 littoral combat ships by the year 2020.
This comes as an environmental impact study is released, comparing the benefits between the First Coast and Norfolk, Virginia. This would bring 17,000 personnel, as well as about 19,000 family members to the Jacksonville area.
The LCS has a modular, mission-focused design that provides the Navy with war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure continued maritime dominance and access. A relatively small surface combatant, the LCS is designed to operate independently, as part of a Carrier Strike Group or as part of a smaller Surface Action Group. The LCS is designed to operate in shallow coastal waters, and is capable of operating in depths of less than 20 feet. The vessel has two variants, one built by Lockheed Martin and one built by Austal.
A final decision is still expected, but you can read paper copies of the environmental impact study at the city's Main Library and at the Beaches Branch. You can also visit the Navy's website to read it online.
Comments may be submitted in writing to: LCS Homeporting EA Project Manager; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic; Attn: Code EV21/SS 6506 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, Va., or via e-mail using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be postmarked no later than March 29, 2012, and should be as specific as possible.