USS SIOUX CITY COMMISSIONING: Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Sioux City

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (KTIV) – After six long years, the wait is finally over.

On Saturday, the USS Sioux City was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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.

WATCH LIVE: Commissioning ceremony of the USS Sioux City

WATCH LIVE: Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Sioux City

WATCH LIVE: Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Sioux City

Posted by KTIV News 4 on Saturday, November 17, 2018

 

Work officially began in February of 2014 with the keel-laying ceremony, at a shipyard in northern Wisconsin. Over the next two years, workers, at Marinette Marine, would add 71 “modules” to the ship.

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.

Then, in January of 2017, KTIV’s cameras traveled with the crew to San Diego, California, for several weeks of intense, off-water training in a state-of-the-art simulator. At the time, it was the only one of its kind in the Navy, and trained LCS crews for something as simple as piloting the ship out of port… to something as serious as engaging the enemy.

After five weeks of training on the west coast, the crew and the ship returned to Wisconsin for acceptance trials on the Great Lakes, which is passed in the spring… putting it one step closer to its commissioning.

KTIV’s Matt Breen will be live from Annapolis throughout the week. Stay tuned to News 4 for the latest updates on the commissioning. You can also follow Matt’s updates on the commissioning on Twitter

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