JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 300 sailors are calling Jacksonville home. That's after the USS New York docked at Mayport, it's new home port.
David Montgomery was one of the sailors that were on the USS New York as it made its way from Norfolk, Virginia to Mayport.
"Feels great to have the family," he said.
The trip lasted two days. The USS New York is just one of three ships being transported from Norfolk. The USS Iwo Jima and the USS Fort McHenry are expected to be on the First Coast by 2015.
Montgomery's son, Trey, said he's thrilled his dad is back home.
"It was definitely Christmas morning" he said. "I got one of the best presents, got my dad back, and being able to have him see me in my ROTC uniform for the first time."
Local leaders said the new home port for the USS New York, and eventually the two other ships, is also a win economically, to the tune of $75 million a year for the city.
"3,000 sailors and marines, now add to that all the families, now add to that all the businesses that have to be here to support that traffic, it's a big win," said Sen. Bill Nelson.