Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

BUFFALO, N.Y (WBAY) – The USS Little Rock is being commissioned Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The future "Little Rock" is a freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship built at Marinette Marine right here in Wisconsin.

This is the tenth LCS to enter the American naval fleet.

It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Arkansas Senator John Boozman will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Janée L. Bonner, spouse of the Honorable Josiah "Jo" Bonner, a former U.S. representative from Alabama, is serving as the ship's sponsor.

In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

"The future USS Little Rock represents much more than the state capital of Arkansas, it represents service," said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer.

The Navy says littoral combat ships are designed to have access in critical areas around the world.

Twenty-nine LCS ships have been awarded to date: 11 have been delivered to the Navy, five are in various stages of construction, and three are in pre-production states
You can watch today's commissioning ceremony online on the Navy's live blog.