It was a celebratory day at Marinette Marine as the ships sponsor Mary. A. Winnefeld broke a bottle of champagne across the bow, christening the latest littoral combat ship, giving her the name the USS Sioux City.
The massive 389 foot long vessel slid into the Menominee River, making a huge splash, the Navy Band struck up Anchors Aweigh as the USS Sioux City rocked back and forth in the river.
This marks the sixth ship that Lockheed Martin has produced for the United States Navy as part of the littoral combat ship series. Joe North the Vice President of Lockheed Martin said he just received a contract to build ship number eleven.
"Fincantieri put a lot of work into the shipyard, they've prepped themselves for a full ready production," said North. "We are a point now where every six months we are going to put a ship in the water and every six months we will deliver one."
The building of these littoral combat ships takes place at Fincantieri Marinette Marine with parts from other Wisconsin companies. This is a point of pride for Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin who has fought for the LCS series in Washington.
"It is a win, win win, for national defense, the United States Navy and for economically for Wisconsin," said Senator Baldwin. "Our work ethic is second to none and it has brought ship building back to the Great Lakes."
The USS Sioux City is 70-75 percent complete, it will be finished in the water and the Navy expects to commission the ship in the spring or summer of 2017.
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