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USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of USS Indianapolis’ (LCS 17) commissioning ceremony.

Live video from the Oct. 26 ceremony in Burns Harbor, Indiana, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. local time (CDT).

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

Lisa W. Hershman, deputy chief management officer for the Department of Defense, will deliver the principal address. Jill Donnelly, wife of former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Donnelly gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

“This Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will continue the proud legacy created by ships previously bearing the name Indianapolis,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The crew will carry on the tradition of service to confront the many challenges of today’s complex world. To the men and women who will ring in the first watch, you carry with you the fighting spirit of incredible bravery and sense of duty that is inherently recognized with the name Indianapolis.”

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

The future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) is launched April 18 in Wisconsin.

Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at (703) 697-5342. For more information about the Littoral Combat Ship class: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1650&ct=4

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USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of USS Indianapolis’ (LCS 17) commissioning ceremony.

Live video from the Oct. 26 ceremony in Burns Harbor, Indiana, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. local time (CDT).

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

Lisa W. Hershman, deputy chief management officer for the Department of Defense, will deliver the principal address. Jill Donnelly, wife of former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Donnelly gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

“This Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will continue the proud legacy created by ships previously bearing the name Indianapolis,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The crew will carry on the tradition of service to confront the many challenges of today’s complex world. To the men and women who will ring in the first watch, you carry with you the fighting spirit of incredible bravery and sense of duty that is inherently recognized with the name Indianapolis.”

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

The future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) is launched April 18 in Wisconsin.

Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at (703) 697-5342. For more information about the Littoral Combat Ship class: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1650&ct=4

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USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) Commissioning

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of USS Cincinnati (LCS 20)’s commissioning ceremony.

The principal speaker will be Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio. Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Senior military representative at the ceremony will be Adm. James Foggo III, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Italy.

The future USS Cincinnati is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to honor Ohio’s third largest city.

Live video of the Oct. 5 ceremony on the west pier in Gulfport, Mississippi, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (CDT).

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical areas in multiple theaters.

Initiated in February 2002, the LCS program represents a reduction in time to acquire, design and build ships in comparison to any previous ship class. Currently, a total of 33 LCS are planned: 16 ships have been delivered (LCS 1-14, 16 and 18); 10 additional LCS are under various stages of construction and three are in the pre-construction phase.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (March 28, 2019) Crew members of the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) engage the crowd during a namesake visit to Cincinnati, Ohio while riding atop a float made to look like the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Heidi Cheek/Released)
CINCINNATI (March 28, 2019) Cmdr. Kurt Braeckel, commanding officer of the future littoral combat ship USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), greets two young children during the 100th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. Braeckel and other USS Cincinnati crew members were in the city as a part of a namesake visit by the ship’s crew. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Aubrey Page/Released)

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USS Billings Commissioning

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the August 3, 2019, commissioning of the Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15).

Live video from Key West, Florida, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (EST).

“The future USS Billings and her crew will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom. She stands as proof of what teamwork — from civilian to contractor to military — can accomplish. This fast, agile platform will deliver her motto, ‘Big Sky Over Troubled Waters’ worldwide thanks to their efforts.” — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Tester’s wife, Sharla, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Tester gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSBillings.

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USS Paul Ignatius Commissioning

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the July 27 commissioning of the Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117).

Live video from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.

“The future USS Paul Ignatius stands as proof of what the teamwork of all our people – civilian, contractor and military – can accomplish together.” — Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration as assistant secretary of defense for installations and logistics from 1964 – 1967, and secretary of the Navy from 1967 to 1969.

The future USS Paul Ignatius will be the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and is one of 21 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of missions from peacetime presence and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief to sea control and power projection. Built in the Flight IIA configuration, the ship delivers rapid reaction time, high firepower, and improved electronic warfare capabilities.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSPaulIgnatius .

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USS Charleston (LCS 18) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the March 2 commissioning of the Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18).

Live video from Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (EST).

“The future USS Charleston is proof of what the teamwork of all of our people – civilian, contractor and military – can accomplish together. This ship will extend the maneuverability and lethality of our fleet to confront the many challenges of a complex world, from maintaining the sea lanes to countering instability to maintaining our edge against renewed great power competition.”
– Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

GULF OF MEXICO (July 18, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) is underway for acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)
GULF OF MEXICO (July 18, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) is underway for acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!

The future USS Charleston is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The ship will be homeported in San Diego, California.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wis., (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSCharleston.

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USS Charleston (LCS 18) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the March 2 commissioning of the Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Charleston (LCS 18).

Live video from Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (EST).

“The future USS Charleston is proof of what the teamwork of all of our people – civilian, contractor and military – can accomplish together. This ship will extend the maneuverability and lethality of our fleet to confront the many challenges of a complex world, from maintaining the sea lanes to countering instability to maintaining our edge against renewed great power competition.”
– Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

GULF OF MEXICO (July 18, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) is underway for acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)
GULF OF MEXICO (July 18, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) is underway for acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!

The future USS Charleston is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. The ship will be homeported in San Diego, California.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wis., (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSCharleston.

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USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the February 2 commissioning of the Navy’s newest fast attack submarine, the future USS South Dakota (SSN 790).

Live video from Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, is scheduled to begin 11 a.m.

USS South Dakota, a Virginia-class submarine designated SSN-790, is the third ship to bear the state’s name.

“USS South Dakota enters service during a period of dynamic security challenges. I am confident USS South Dakota and its crew will ensure our Navy and nation remain safe and strong, and proudly serve our nation’s interest for decades to come.”
– Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota. The submarine’s sponsor is Deanie Dempsey, wife of the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey. She will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” in a time-honored Navy tradition.

USS South Dakota is the 17th Virginia-class attack submarine and the seventh Virginia-class Block III submarine. Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSSouthDakota.

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USS Wichita (LCS 13) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the January 12 commissioning of the Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Wichita (LCS 13).

Live video from Naval Station Mayport, Florida, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. (EST).

The future USS Wichita is the third naval vessel to honor Kansas’s largest city. The first was a heavy cruiser in service from 1939 to 1947. Active during World War II, Wichita supported amphibious landings during Operation Torch in November 1942 in the European Theater. She later participated in the Battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf and the invasion of Okinawa in 1944 in the Pacific Theater. Wichita earned 13 battle stars for wartime service. The second USS Wichita (AOR 1) was a first-in-class replenishment oiler in service from 1969 to 1993. During her first three deployments, the ship made numerous trips to replenish ships on “Yankee Station,” earning four battle stars for service during the Vietnam War.

“This ship honors the citizens of Wichita, Kansas for their longstanding support of the Navy and Marine Corps team and I am confident USS Wichita and crew will make our Navy and nation stronger.”
– Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

The future littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) conducts acceptance trials in Lake Michigan, July 11, 2018, which are the last significant milestone before a ship is delivered to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
The future littoral combat ship USS Wichita (LCS 13) conducts acceptance trials in Lake Michigan, July 11, 2018, which are the last significant milestone before a ship is delivered to the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Kate Lehrer, author and wife of Wichita native Jim Lehrer, the former anchor of “The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour” on PBS, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when she gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

The future USS Wichita is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as the open-ocean. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin, Marinette, Wisconsin, (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama, (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

USS Wichita will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSWichita.

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USS Indiana (SSN 789) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the Sept. 29 commissioning of the Navy’s newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN 789).

The principal speaker will be U.S. Representative Jim Banks from Indiana. Diane Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion from 2004 to 2012, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. She will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” in a time-honored Navy tradition.

Learn more about the boat.

Live video from Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. EDT.

The future Indiana (SSN 789) is the 16th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the sixth Virginia-class Block III submarine. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority well into the 21st century.

Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities—sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using #USSIndiana.

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