Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport, is a large naval base located in the community of Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.

NS Mayport Editorial by Ralph Williams

NS Mayport lies at the mouth of the St. John’s River and Atlantic Ocean. To the west of the base and community of Mayport lies the Jacksonville Southside area followed by the downtown Jacksonville, Fl area (and highway I-95) approximately 17 miles away, while the Jacksonville Beach areas are 4 miles away.

History

Naval Station Mayport is a major US Naval base on the Eastern Coast of the U.S. The Navy League base history webpage says NS Mayport was commissioned during the Second World War in 1942. It is the second modern era Navy base established in Jacksonville after Naval Air Station Jacksonville was commissioned in 1940. Over the years its mission has grown and the base has expanded to berthing aircraft carriers. The base today is the result of merging a Navy air base and surface ship base in 1992. Its airfield is over 8,000 feet long and can accommodate any plane in the “DoD Inventory.” The area’s military significance dates back to the 1500s where a fort near the Mayport base site was built by the French and soon afterward destroyed by the Spanish from their base in nearby St. Augustine. Today, this location is a National Park called the Fort Caroline National Memorial. The City of Jacksonville, Fl marked the base’s 75th year anniversary with a proclamation from the Mayor. The base in its celebration unveiled a new base logo resembling the logos on military hardware from the base’s founding days of World War II.

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