JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, on Friday announced that the Navy will change the homeport of three coastal patrol ships -- the USS Shamal, USS Zephyr, and USS Tornado -- from Virginia to Naval Station Mayport.

"Beginning in September, Naval Station Mayport will welcome three patrol ships for homeporting on the First Coast -- a move that underscores the base's key national security role," Crenshaw said in a news release. "These vessels conduct coastal patrol, maritime security, law enforcement and interception operations around U.S. ports, harbors, and off shore facilities. The patrol craft and the men and women who serve on them will be a welcome addition to the region as they carry out their important missions."

According to the Navy, the USS Shamal (PC 13) will move from Little Creek, Va., to Naval Station Mayport effective Sept. 1. The USS Zephyr (PC 8), the USS Tornado (PC14) will move from Little Creek to Mayport effective Nov. 1.