Navy To Name New Ship “USS Sioux City”

Date posted - February 16, 2012

The U-S Navy has announced that one of its new ships will carry the name of a northwest Iowa city, and another will carry the name of a city just across the river from Iowa. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus, said the ships will be the U-S-S Sioux City and the U-S-S Omaha.
Maybus says he chose the names as a tribute to the heartland of America.

He said both states also have historical links to the Navy.
There are two types of ships in the L-C-S class.

He said when he took over the bids for the ships came in way too high and he decided to have the two builders bid against each other, even though he thought they need two variations of the ships.

The keels will be laid for the Sioux City and Omaha in 2013 and Maybus said they should be ready to launch in 2016. Each ship will have a crew of around 80 sailors. You can see more about the littoral combat ship class on the Navy’s website at:www.navy.mil.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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