Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Sioux City
Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Sioux
From U.S. Department of Defense.
Washington D.C. — (NNS)
— January 29, 2016 — The Navy will christen its newest Freedom variant littoral combat ship, USS
Sioux City (LCS 11), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30 in
Sioux City, designated LCS 11, honors the city of Sioux City, Iowa.
Adm. Michelle Howard, vice chief of Naval Operations, will serve as principal
speaker. Mary Winnefeld, wife of retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, will
serve as the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by Winnefeld
breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship,
which is a time-honored Navy tradition.
"The christening and launch of LCS 11, the future USS Sioux City, marks an
important step toward this great warship's entry into the fleet," said The
Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy. "The hard work and dedication of our
nation's shipbuilders have ensured this ship will serve as a representation of
both Sioux City and our Navy and Marine Corps' ability to deliver presence for
decades to come."
Artist rendering of the
littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS11)
The future USS Sioux City is the first naval vessel to be named in honor of
Sioux City, Iowa. The fourth-largest city in the state, Sioux City was founded
in 1854 at the navigational head of the Missouri River and takes its name from
one of a group of North American Indian tribes that make up the Great Sioux
Sioux City has a strong historical connection to all branches of the military,
including the Navy. The U.S. Naval Reserve Construction Battalion (NCB) 2
deployed from Sioux City Naval Reserve Training Center to Vietnam in 1967, and
in February 1968 the 185th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Iowa Air National
Guard was deployed from their base in Sioux City in direct response to the
seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea. Sioux City is also the hometown of the
27th Chief of Naval Operations, retired Adm. Vern Clark.
The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence
variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is
led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The
Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent
even-numbered hulls) and was originally led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works
(LCS 2 and LCS 4).
The LCS seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission
modules (made up of mission systems and support equipment), which can be changed
quickly. These modules combine with crew detachments and aviation assets to
become complete mission packages, which will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles
and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or
surface warfare missions.
Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at 703-697-5342. For
more information about the Littoral combat ship class: