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Navy to commission USS Omaha on Saturday

Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 17:58:13-05

At 2 p.m. Saturday (noon Pacific time), the United States Navy will commission the USS Omaha, a littoral combat ship, or LCS, in San Diego.

“Omaha and her sister ships represent an investment in our Nation, the result of the partnership between the Department of the Navy and our shipbuilding industry. American craftsmen in Mississippi, Alabama, around the country have made USS Omaha possible,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The LCS fills a unique mission for the United States Navy and as these remarkable ships continue to be produced out of our shipyards, they represent an increase in our readiness and lethality.”

Bob Kerrey will give the ceremony's principal address and Susie Buffett will serve as the ship's sponsor and give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life." 

This is the fourth ship named after Omaha, the first was a propellor-driven sloop-of-war, the second was a light cruiser and the third was an attack submarine.