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Commissioning date of November 17th set for the USS Sioux City in Annapolis

| August 23, 2018
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An artist rendering of the littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS11). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Stan Bailey)

The future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, will be commissioned a United States Ship (USS) on November 17, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland.  More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the commissioning ceremony at the United States 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 Admiral 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 US 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.”

Designed to be agile and stealth surface combatants, Littoral Combat Ships are capable of engaging and defeating enemies who challenge our freedom of navigation in shallow contested areas like the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.  The ship incorporates innovative construction, manning, training, and operational concepts designed to be forward deployed around the world for long periods of time.

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“The crew has been preparing for this day, the most important in any ship’s life, for many months,” said Commander Randy Malone, Commanding Officer of the future USS Sioux City.  “After thirty-three 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 Admiral Frank Thorp, Commissioning Committee Chairman.  “Watching a ship come to life and transition from a hunk of steel to a commissioned US 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.  They have 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.

RADM Thorp and the Sioux City’s sponsor, Mary Winnefeld, spoke with The Maryland Crabs last year about the ship and the celebrations that are planned.

For more information, please visit usssiouxcitylcs11.org.

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