ANNAPOLIS, MD (KTIV) – The future USS Sioux City arrived in Annapolis, Maryland, Tuesday, in advance of the ship’s commissioning ceremony according to the USS Sioux City’s Facebook page.
Posted by USS Sioux City – LCS 11 on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
U.S. Navy officials said the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the first ship named after the fourth-largest city in Iowa, Sioux City, will be commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy, Nov. 17.
The ship’s sponsor is Mary Winnefeld, the wife of the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld.
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region.
A mission package is embarked on each LCS that 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 theaters.
The future USS Sioux City has been conducting regularly scheduled port visits.
After conducting a visit to Montreal, Canada, Hurricane Oscar-related inclement weather delayed the ship’s departure.
This week, KTIV’s Matt Breen will travel to Annapolis to bring you coverage of the USS Sioux City’s commissioning throughout the week.
Live coverage, from the U.S. Naval Academy, starts Wednesday, November 14th, right here on KTIV News 4.