Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport

Coordinates: 30°23′31″N 081°25′25″W / 30.39194°N 81.42361°W / 30.39194; -81.42361

Naval Station Mayport
Admiral David L. McDonald Field
NSMayport logo.jpg
Airport type Military: Naval Station
Operator United States Navy
Location 7 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida at mouth of St. Johns River
Built December 1942
Commander CAPT Douglas F. Cochrane
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Website [1]
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
Source: FAA,[1] official site[2]

Naval Station Mayport (IATA: NRBICAO: KNRBFAA LID: NRB) is a major United States Navy base in Jacksonville, Florida. It contains a military airfield (Admiral David L. McDonald Field) with one asphalt paved runway (5/23) measuring 8,001 x 200 ft. (2,439 x 61 m).[1]

Since its commissioning in December 1942, NS Mayport has grown to become the third largest naval fleet concentration area in the United States. Mayport's operational composition is unique, with a busy harbor capable of accommodating 34 ships and an 8,000-foot (2,400 m) runway capable of handling most any aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory.

Naval Station Mayport is also home to the Navy's United States 4th Fleet, reactivated in 2008 after being deactivated in 1950.

The base has historically served as the homeport to certain conventionally-powered aircraft carriers of the Atlantic Fleet, including the USS Shangri-La (CV-38), USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Saratoga (CV-60), and most recently the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). With the decommissioning of all conventionally-powered aircraft carriers by the Navy, no carriers are presently assigned to Mayport. However, both houses of Congress have passed legislation authorizing about US $75 million for dredging and upgrades at Mayport to accommodate a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.[3][4]

Aerial vew of Naval Station Mayport in 1993 with Saratoga and Constellation.

On January 29, 2010 the Quadrennial Defense Review Report stated that a nuclear aircraft carrier would be homeported at NAS Mayport. The action will help protect the fleet against a potential terror attack, accident or natural disaster, because all east coast aircraft carriers are currently based at Naval Station Norfolk, according to the report. West coast aircraft carriers are split between Naval Station San Diego and Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state. Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense stated, "Having a single (nuclear carrier) homeport has not been considered acceptable on the west coast and should not be considered acceptable on the east coast."[5] The decision was opposed by elected officials in Virginia,[6] who would lose 3,500 sailors and their dependents, $425 million in revenue each year, and most importantly, 6,000 support jobs.[7] The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce estimated the loss at 11,000 jobs and $650 million per year.[8] Infrastructure changes and facility construction at Mayport are estimated to take five years and cost over half a billion dollars. The 2011 budget commits $590 million during the fiscal years from 2011–2019, so a carrier may not move to Mayport until 2019.[7]

The Virginia congressional delegation has fought the loss of even one carrier's boost to their economy by citing other areas such as shipbuilding to spend the navy's tight budget.[9]


Homeported ships

Frigates (11)

Cruisers (4)

Destroyers (4)

Naval Station, Mayport

Aircraft squadrons

Helicopter squadrons

  • HSM-40 "Airwolves"
  • HSL-46 "Grandmasters"
  • HSL-48 "Vipers"
  • HSL-60 "Jaguars"


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for NRB (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  2. ^ Naval Station Mayport (official site)
  3. ^ "Congress okays plan to upgrade Mayport", Jacksonville Transportation Examiner, October 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "Senate Passes Mayport Upgrade Bill: Bill To Go To President Barack Obama For Approval",, October 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "ISSUE: Aircraft Carrier Presence at Naval Station Mayport, FL" Camden County Chamber of Commerce, April 13, 2009
  6. ^ "Mayport To Get Nuclear Aircraft Carrier" WJTX-TV, January 29, 2010
  7. ^ a b Bacon, Lance M.: "Mayport carrier move not delayed, Navy says" Navy Times, April 28, 2010
  8. ^ "Carrier move to Mayport dead in the water?" Navy Times, May 20, 2010
  9. ^ Pershing, Ben. "Two states, one aircraft carrier and no end in sight." The Washington Post, 16 May 2011.

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