Hover Girl Properties has been given the unique privilege of being asked to join a Distinguished Visitor Embarkation of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as it changes homeport from Norfolk, VA and arrives in Mayport, FL. Joy Doyle, Lara Yehl and Kris King, all military spouses and local moms, will ride the ship for three days as representatives of the greater Jacksonville business community. They will have the opportunity to interact with the crew and provide information as ambassadors to the city.
After 26 years of having my husband leave me and go to sea, this trip will be my turn to pack my “seabag” and get underway. – Joy
Joy Doyle, mother of three grown girls planted her roots here in Jax for the last part of her husband Glenn’s Navy Career. When asked about this opportunity, Joy responded, “I am humbled to be part of something this big for the city of Jacksonville and local business community. It is really an incredible opportunity to be representatives of the city.”
The three Hover Girls will view ship operations while en route to Naval Station Mayport and observe the precision that is required by all hands to operate in a very complex environment. This embark will allow guests to take a look at a “day in the life of the United States Navy” and to witness the pride and professionalism of our young people as they serve our country at sea.
Lara Yehl, mom to 15-year-old Duncan and 10-year-old Cooper, also commented on the opportunity.
Our family spent two years in Japan while Mark was assigned to a ship very much like the Iwo Jima. We understand the hardship of sea duty on the family as well as on the crew. We look forward to being able to help the families on Iwo Jima as they transition to Jacksonville just like many people helped us when we showed up in Japan.
The Iwo Jima will be the largest capital ship in the harbor and will be the flagship for the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). It is joined by the USS New York (LPD 21) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) as they also shift from their current homeport of Norfolk, Va., to Mayport. The New York was the first to change homeport, followed by the Iwo Jima and then shortly after the Fort McHenry.
Local mom and Hover Girl, Kris King, talked to the need for quality housing for our military families transferring to the Jacksonville area.
As a military spouse of 24 years, finding quality and affordable housing was always a principle concern when our family moved. That is one of the reasons I have enjoyed working with Hover Girl Properties. I don’t think there is any real estate company in town that understands a PCS move and the stresses on the family like we do.
The three ships bring a total of more than 1,800 sailors with over 1,100 on the Iwo Jima alone! The Secretary of the Navy estimated that the new ship presence in Mayport will bring $75 million in maintenance and repair work to Mayport. It will also result in a net employment gain of approximately 5,220 and a $590 Million increase to the gross regional product.
USS Iwo Jima is named for the epic battle of February 1945, in which three divisions of the United States Marine Corps took control of the tiny island of Iwo Jima from 22,000 determined Japanese defenders. USS Iwo Jima is the seventh WASP-class Amphibious Assault Ship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name.
This post was sponsored by Hover Girl Properties.