Buffalo… a Winning City

By Maurice L. Naylon III Chairman, USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Commissioning Committee Buffalo has just completed the hosting of a unique and historic event. On 16 December 2017, the USS Little Rock(LCS 9) was commissioned at Canalside. This marked the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a ship was commissioned beside her namesake ship. The 17 days that surrounded the event all worked to define Buffalo as a warm, gracious and welcoming port. It also helped to define Buffalo as a city that can stand tall while…

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History was Made with the Commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9

More than 8,500 people attended the Commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 braving the cold and snow on Saturday, December 16, 2017. All in attendance from veterans to dignitaries to families of the crew and active duty military, were bundled up and eagerly waiting for the USS Little Rock to finally be commissioned into US Navy. The ceremony was the first time in the 242-year history of the Navy that a new ship was commissioned along side the decommissioned namesake. Punctuating the historic significance of the day was…

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U.S. Navy Commissions Fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship

The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Little Rock (LCS 9) –– the nation’s fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) –– on the Buffalo River on Dec. 16. This milestone officially places the ship, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Fincantieri 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 fleet: USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Milwaukee (LCS 5)…

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Canalside waterfront in Buffalo, New York. The future USS Little Rock, designated LCS 9, is the 10th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom-variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside the first USS Little Rock (CL 92), which serves as a museum at the…

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Commissioning of Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Set for 16 December 2017 at 1100 in Buffalo

The future USS Little Rock LCS 9, one of the newest US Navy littoral combat ships (LCS), will make her way to Buffalo for an official Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2017. A ship commissioning is an event that marks the time when a new ship officially enters the US Navy fleet. LCS 9 and her crew are expected to arrive in Buffalo on Friday, December 8, 2017 for a week-long commissioning celebration. A schedule of events for Commissioning Week (December 8 – December 17) is being finalized and…

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Future USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced October 18 the newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, PCU Little Rock (LCS 9), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, December 16 at Canalside Buffalo. The future LCS 9, commanded by Cmdr. Todd Peters, is the tenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the fifth of the Freedom variant design. It is the second warship named for the Arkansas state capital and will be commissioned alongside its namesake ship, which serves as a museum at the Buffalo and Erie County…

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