Jacksonville will be home to 76 more Coast Guardsmen, families when cutter arrives Friday

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville will gain more than 100 new residents when the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant arrives at Naval Station Mayport at 10 a.m. Friday for a permanent homeport change.

The 210-foot medium endurance cutter is moving from Miami and brings a crew of 12 officers, 64 enlisted personnel and their families.

The Valiant is a multi-mission, medium endurance cutter that operates in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico for the commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area. The cutter’s missions include search and rescue; maritime law enforcement; marine environmental protection; defense readiness; and ports, waterways and coastal security.

“Everyone we’ve worked with to make our move possible – the command and personnel at Naval Station Mayport, the St. Augustine chapter of the Navy League and countless members of the community – has welcomed us with open arms and gone above and beyond to ensure we have a smooth transition,” said Cmdr. Stephen Burdian, commanding officer of the Valiant. “We’re extremely fortunate to call Jacksonville our new home.”

The Valiant’s move to Jacksonville opens space in Miami for the Coast Guard’s new Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters, which will be homeported there.

An extensive review of multiple potential homeports determined Naval Station Mayport is the best location for the Valiant and its crew.

“We have an outstanding relationship with the Coast Guard here, and the Valiant’s arrival highlights that partnership,” said Capt. Doug Cochrane, commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport. “We’re thrilled the Coast Guard chose our base, and we welcome our new shipmates.”

There are no other Coast Guard cutters permanently homeported aboard Naval Station Mayport, but the base often hosts visiting cutters in need of temporary pier space for port calls, scheduled maintenance periods and emergency repairs during patrols through the area.

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