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Boozman to Celebrate Christening of USS Little Rock


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

                                      Marinette, Wisconsin

                      WHEN:  Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

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