THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
USS LITTLE ROCK ON ACTIVE DUTY
Issue Date: December 20, 2017
USS Little Rock, LCS 9, the fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri's Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, was officially commissioned and placed into active service by the United States Navy on Saturday, Dec. 16. Commissioning ceremonies were held at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park on the Buffalo River in Buffalo, N.Y., where she has been docked since completing sea trials in August. LCS 9 is the second USS Little Rock. She is the first ship in US Navy history to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake, a World War II era light cruiser that has been converted into a maritime museum. The new USS Little Rock has a core crew of approximately 50, versus 1,200 sailors to man the previous one. She was launched into the Menominee River in Marinette in 2015, and now in a few weeks will join sister ships USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Commander Todd Peters is commanding officer of the ship. Francesco Valente, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group, declared at Saturday's commissioning ceremonies: "I am extremely proud of our entire LCS team, including our shipbuilders at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, who transformed raw American steel into the capable warship you see today!"