home·​port | \ ˈhōm-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce homeport (audio) \
homeported; homeporting; homeports

Definition of homeport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or assign to a home port

home port


Definition of home port (Entry 2 of 2)

: the port from which a ship hails or from which it is documented

Examples of homeport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ship was originally part of the Seventh Fleet, based at Yokosuka, Japan, but for now will homeport at San Diego. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Three Years After Fatal Collision, the USS Fitzgerald Rejoins the Fleet," 15 June 2020 The Transportation Department said the ship is homeported in the state and offers cruise itineraries that keep it in the Hawaiian islands. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: 13 Coral Princess guests stuck aboard; 6 infected on Norwegian Pride of America," 9 Apr. 2020 Royal Caribbean canceled eight China sailings through March 4 on its Spectrum of the Seas ship, the cruiseliner's only vessel homeported in the country, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "Going on a cruise? Here's how the coronavirus will change your trip," 7 Feb. 2020 The Scandies Rose, a 130-foot vessel, sank near Sutwik Island, which is around 400 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, where the ship is homeported, the Coast Guard said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Coast Guard searching for 5 people missing after fishing boat sinks off Alaska," 2 Jan. 2020 The vessel has been identified as the F/V Leonardo, a scalloper homeported in New Bedford. BostonGlobe.com, "The Coast Guard continues to search the waters off Martha’s Vineyard Monday for three fishermen missing from a New Bedford scalloper that apparently capsized and sank Sunday night.," 25 Nov. 2019 The cutters Alert, Robert Ward and Seneca are homeported in Astoria, Ore.; San Pedro, Calif.; and Boston, respectively. Fox News, "Coast Guard seizes $92M worth of cocaine," 18 Oct. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Rep. Derek Kilmer once said the pier project would allow all three Navy Seawolf-class submarines to be homeported in Bangor. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Pentagon takes $89 million from pier project at Naval Base Kitsap to help fund border wall," 5 Sep. 2019 Panorama will be the first new ship to homeport in Southern California in more than two decades. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "More ships will sail from Southern California to Mexico starting in fall," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After leaving its home port of San Diego more than two weeks ago, the Navy announced the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has officially begun its second deployment in less than a year. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After leaving San Diego two weeks ago, USS Theodore Roosevelt sails west for second deployment this year," 23 Dec. 2020 The Bonhomme Richard caught fire on July 12, 2020 while docked at its home port in San Diego. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "It's Official: The USS Bonhomme Richard Can't Be Saved," 1 Dec. 2020 The Mardi Gras’ home port will be Port Canaveral, Florida. James Leggate, Fox News, "Carnival Cruise Line sets date for inaugural sailing of its largest-ever ship," 4 Dec. 2020 The port also has acted as home port for at least two Disney Cruise Line ships, two from Royal Caribbean, three from Carnival and one from Norwegian Cruise Line. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Port Canaveral CEO tempers 2021 expectations, but bullish on cruise future," 12 Nov. 2020 The ship left its home port of San Diego on Tuesday, defense officials said. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Two Sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt Test Positive for Covid-19," 17 Oct. 2020 At a press event on Monday in Bremerhaven, Germany, the Polarstern’s home port, Rex said the entire Arctic region is at risk. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Largest Arctic Expedition Ever Comes to a Close," 15 Oct. 2020 An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data," 12 Oct. 2020 The fire broke out on the final night as the Conception was anchored off Santa Cruz Island, about 25 miles south of Santa Barbara, the boat's home port. Stefanie Dazio And Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Crew members on California dive boat that sank, killing 34 people, say they had no emergency training," 18 Sep. 2020

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“Homeport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeport. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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