BY U.S. SENATOR JOHN BOOZMAN –
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will attend the christening of the U.S.S. Little Rock, the nation’s ninth littoral combat ship (LCS 9) in Marinette, Wisconsin on Saturday.
The U.S.S. Little Rock is designed to defeat growing threats in and near shallow waters and provide access and dominance in the coastal water.
This is the second ship to be named after the Arkansas state capital city. The U.S.S. Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) was originally a Cleveland-class light cruiser that served after World War II, and was one of six to be converted to a Galveston-class guided missile cruiser. The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, served a two-year tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock. This ship was decommissioned in 1976 and now holds a place of honor as a museum ship in Buffalo, New York.
WHAT: Christening of U.S.S. Little Rock
WHERE: Marinette Marine Corporation
1600 Ely Street
WHEN: Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m.