Representatives from Naval Station Mayport's Surface community joined Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and construction company, Orion Marine, in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Charlie Wharf 1 on Jan. 27 and a groundbreaking for Charlie Wharf 2 only a couple of day s later.
The projects are part of funded improvements to the aging Charlie Pier.
Started in August 2011, Charlie Wharf 1 included constructing more than 600 feet of double decked wharf - the first of its kind in the Navy, according to NAVFAC. The wharf is designed to relocate and configure ship to shore utilities and loading surfaces to speed on and offload of munitions and supplies.
"Charlie 1 has serviced Naval Station Mayport since the 1950s. I look forward to Charlie 1 being here to support our fleet for another 60 years," NS Mayport Commanding Officer, Capt. Wes McCall said.