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USS Sioux City crew members return to namesake city

SIOUX CITY (KTIV)-  Members of the crew of the USS Sioux City are in town for “relationship building” with the “namesake city”.

Friday morning a special ceremony with crew members and the city.

Four crew members were at the City Hall Council Chambers Friday morning to provide an update on what’s been happening since the commissioning back in November.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and Siouxland Chambers of Commerce President Chris McGowan presented the crew with a flag of the city.

The crew happily accepted and said it will be flying high during their travels.

“It may get a little dirty, it may get a little tattered so we may ask for another one at some point,” said CDR Kevin O’Brien, USS Sioux City. “This will actually fly onboard USS Sioux City as we sail in and out of Mayport, in and out of ports both in the United States and outside of the United States.”

In return, the crew gave the city an American flag that they had aboard ship while coming back from Norfolk, Virginia.

The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce says the relationship between the city and the USS Sioux City is long-lasting.

“This is the continuation of the establishment of a long term relationship between the City of Sioux City, the broader Siouxland community, and the ship and her crew,” said McGowan.

The crew will be all around town this weekend, and will be back for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in September.

Jennifer Lenzini

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