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Celebrating 10 Years with Fourth Fleet

May 11, 2018  
From left: Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, Mayor Lenny Curry and Rear Admiral Linda R. Wakerman

I came to Jacksonville the same way many people in our city did – through the Navy.

My dad is a military veteran (retired sailor) who taught me important lessons about duty, discipline and sacrifice.
 
These principles are evident throughout Jacksonville.
 
We’re home to two major military installations, the largest concentration of military veterans in Florida, and more than 50,000 military members, civilian employees and Department of Defense contractors.
 
We’re also proud to be the home to the U.S. Fourth Fleet – the naval command for operations in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
 
Originally established in 1943 to defend the South Atlantic during World War II, the Fourth Fleet was dissolved in 1947. It was reestablished in 2008 to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
 
In honor of this milestone, I recently invited Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck and his staff to City Hall to present an official proclamation declaring May 5, 2018 as Fourth Fleet Day in Jacksonville.
 
Read the Fourth Fleet Day Proclamation
 
Jacksonville is proud to be the home to this important command and to serve such a vital role in our nation’s national security posture.