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Wednesday July 25, 2012USS Bataan to Stage Florida-Georgetown Showdown in Navy-Marine Corps Classic

Gainesville, Fla.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Molly Treece/navy.mil

Florida’s season-opening Navy-Marine Corps Classic on Nov. 9 against Georgetown will be played on the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced on Tuesday.

 

Accompanying Bataan as a representational amphibious ready group (ARG) will be USS Mesa Verde (LPD 18) and USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

 

"The USS Bataan and crew will find much more than a game in Jacksonville. This is a well-earned chance for our city to embrace the national spotlight to show appreciation to the brave men and women who defend our country," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "On behalf of thousands of service members and veterans who call Jacksonville home, we are grateful to Secretary [of the Navy Ray] Mabus and the Department of the Navy for selecting an amphibious carrier to host the game – and for giving our city a preview of the class of ships being relocated to Mayport starting in 2013."

 

"The Navy is America's Away Team; when we are on the job, we operate forward around the globe and often out of sight of the American people," said Mabus. "This is a unique opportunity to showcase the Navy and Marine Corps team, and to join together to honor our veterans and active duty military. This event reaffirms the Navy's long-term partnership with the City of Jacksonville and the surrounding community."

 

The Bataan ARG is a representation of the group of ships Mabus announced earlier this year that will be homeported in Mayport beginning the last quarter of calendar year 2013. USS New York (LPD 21) will arrive in Mayport in the last quarter of calendar year 2013. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) will follow in 2014. By serving as the homeport for an ARG, Mayport will be home to 2,000 additional sailors and their families, and sustain the area's ship repair facilities, local ship maintenance expertise and the industrial base.

 

Seating information for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic is available at www.jaxsport.net.  

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