Larsen: Decision to Homeport Frigates at Everett Shows Navy's Commitment
EVERETT, WA – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the below statement in response to the Navy’s decision to homeport the next generation of Guided Missile Frigates at Naval Station Everett:
“The Navy’s decision to homeport 12 Constellation-class frigates and crew at Naval Station Everett shows the Navy’s long-term commitment to Everett and Snohomish County,” said Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Everett has long been known as “the Sailor’s Choice” for its strategic location, natural deep-water port, modern infrastructure, new shipyards and supportive community. I look forward to hearing more about the Navy’s decision and will continue to work with the Navy, the Port and the City of Everett to ensure the success of Navy missions and to drive local and regional economic growth.”
Larsen has long pushed to homeport more Navy and U.S. Coast Guard vessels at NSE. In 2019, Larsen released a report outlining why NSE is the ideal location for future vessels. Conceived as an aircraft carrier homeport, NSE is now home to five Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers – USS Momsen, USS Kidd, USS Gridley, USS Sampson and USS Ralph Johnson – and two Coast Guard ships – USCGC Henry Blake and USCGC Blue Shark. Last year, the Navy announced it will temporarily homeport the crews of the USS John Paul Jones, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the USS John S. McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, later this year.