USS LITTLE ROCK COMMISSIONED
The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Little Rock (LCS 9) on the Buffalo River in New York on Saturday. This milestone officially places the ship, which was built at Marinette Marine into active service. USS Little Rock completed its acceptance trials in August and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on Sept. 25. She joins four other Freedom-variant ships in the Navy’s Fleet. Collectively, Marinette Marine built LCS’s have sailed over 250,000 nautical miles and successfully completed two overseas deployments.
Named in honor of the patriotic and hardworking citizens of Little Rock, LCS 9 is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Arkansas’ largest city. She will join USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) at Naval Station Mayport, her homeport, in a few short weeks.
There are eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.