(KTIV) – The USS Sioux City will be arriving in Annapolis, Maryland on November 12, ahead of its commissioning later that week.
The littoral combat ship (LCS) will be commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy on November 17.
The USS Sioux City’s arrival in Annapolis was delayed due to weather caused by Hurricane Oscar in Canada, where the ship was conducting a port visit in Montreal.
In February of 2012, the U.S. Navy announced its newest littoral combat ship would bear the name of Iowa’s fourth largest city.
The Navy says the name, “Sioux City”, was chosen to honor the patriotic, hard-working citizens of Sioux City, Iowa, and for their support of, and contributions to, the military.
Work officially began in February of 2014 with the keel-laying ceremony, at a shipyard in northern Wisconsin.
Nearly two years later, on Jan. 30, 2016, KTIV cameras were there as the ship’s sponsor broke a bottle champagne on the ship’s bow, and the 8-million pound warship splashed into the waters of the Menominee River.
Ticket registration for the commissioning ceremony has closed. Tickets will be mailed out two weeks before the ceremony.
KTIV’s coverage of the commissioning of the USS Sioux City begins on Wednesday, November 14.