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Posted: August 22, 2018 11:15 AM

Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City Commissioning Set for Nov. 17

SCPhotoANNAPOLIS, Md. —Sioux City, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, will be commissioned a United States Ship (USS) on Nov. 17 in Annapolis, the USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Commissioning Committee announced Aug. 23. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“The secretary of the Navy designated the Naval Academy as the site of the commissioning because of its strong naval heritage and in recognition of Annapolis’ support of the U.S. Navy,” said Vice Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Annapolis looks forward to hosting this great event,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley. “This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses in our community to show their support for the Navy and for people living in and around Annapolis to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event, experience the Navy and visit the Naval Academy.”

“We’re proud there will be a U.S. Navy ship carrying the name of Sioux City,” said Bob Scott, mayor of Sioux City, Iowa. “The citizens of Sioux City are honored to be the namesake city for this great ship and look forward to following and supporting the crew and their families for decades to come.”

“The crew has been preparing for this day, the most important in any ship’s life, for many months,” said Cmdr Randy Malone, commanding officer of the future USS Sioux City. “After 33 years in the Navy, I can assure you that this is an exceptional crew and we could not be prouder and more excited to take the USS Sioux City around the globe in defense of freedom.”

“A ship’s commissioning is perhaps the most patriotic event you will ever attend,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Frank Thorp, Commissioning Committee chairman. “Watching a ship come to life and transition from a hunk of steel to a commissioned U.S. Navy ship is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The USS Sioux City Commissioning Committee was established to coordinate the events leading up to the commissioning. It has set a goal of raising $800,000 to fund the events, honors for the crew, and a legacy fund to support educational opportunities for the crew and their families for the life of the ship.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and companies interested in supporting the commissioning of the USS Sioux City. Becoming a sponsor includes invitations to the week’s events and priority seating for the commissioning ceremony.



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