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LCS Indianapolis to be commissioned on Saturday

LCS Indianapolis to be commissioned on Saturday

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Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the LCS Indianapolis, will be commissioned on Saturday in a ceremony at Burns Harbor, Ind. The ceremony on Saturday, at the Lake Michigan port of Burns Harbor, will include an address by Lisa W. Herschman, Defense Department deputy chief management officer, the Navy announced this week. The new LCS will be the fourth Navy vessel to carry the name. In 1945, the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis, the second ship with the name, was sunk by a torpedo while returning from a Pacific Ocean mission that included delivery of key components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima, Japan. Only 317 of the 1,200 crewmen aboard the ship survived. The Freedom-variant ship is designed for assault transport, with a flight deck and hangar to accommod...
USS Charleston commissioned as 16th LCS to enter Naval fleet

USS Charleston commissioned as 16th LCS to enter Naval fleet

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March 4 (UPI) -- More than 5,000 guests watched as the USS Charleston, the 16th littoral combat ship to enter the U.S. Navy's fleet, was commissioned in its namesake city. Charlotte Riley ordered "man our ship and bring her to life!" during the ceremony Saturday at the Columbus Street Terminal in South Carolina's oldest and biggest city. Her husband, Joseph P. Riley Jr., who served 10 consecutive terms as Charleston's mayor, ordered the traditional setting of the first watch. Christopher K. Busca, USS Charleston's commanding officer, gave Cmdr. James H. Hoey, the ship's executive officer, orders to hoist the ship's colors and commissioning pennant. "It didn't take long to know that there was something special," Busca said about the crew, some of whom has have been on the ship for more tha...