This morning, despite the fact that the USS Milwaukee is iced in at Marinette, the vessel's commanding officer, the ship's builder and other dignitaries are officially presenting the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) to Milwaukee's business and political leaders at a breakfast in the Pilot House at Discovery World.
One glance at the frozen lake and you'll understand why the new USS Milwaukee is still moored in the town in which it was built. I read yesterday that 79 percent of the lake is frozen and Milwaukee's harbor is one of the few places to have some open water.
But The Pilot House is packed this morning nevertheless and the group will hear speakers including Commissioning Committee Chair, Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired), Chuck Goddard, president and CEO of Marinette Marine Corporation (which built the ship), USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Brasseur, Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele and Gov. Scott Walker.
"Milwaukee's christening serves as a tribute to this great American city, but also to the hard working people of Wisconsin and our nation's entire industrial base," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a statement issued on the occasion of the christening of the vessel by Sylvia Panetta, wife of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
"LCS is one of our most important platforms and represents the future of the Navy. Our commitment to this program remains as steadfast as that of those who helped build this great ship."
The 388-foot long littoral combat ship – which can reach speeds above 40 knots – will be the fifth vessel to carry the USS Milwaukee name.
The first was a Civil War-era double-turret ironclad river monitor. The second, a St. Louis-class cruiser (C-21), was lost in 1916 while attempting to free a submarine that had run aground. The third USS Milwaukee was an Omaha-class light cruiser (CL-5), which served through World War II in the Atlantic, and the fourth was a Wichita-class replenishment oiler (AOR 2), that was decommissioned in 1994.
The new USS Milwaukee is the only one of the five to have been built in Wisconsin.
According to the Navy, Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for war fighting in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world against asymmetric "anti-access" threats. Through its innovative design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures. This versatility enables Navy to provide war fighters with the most capable, cost-effective solutions to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published July 30, 2015
There's no need to massage the statistics: men are hitting spas across the country - and right here in Milwaukee - in bigger numbers than ever before.
Published July 28, 2015
Some details of the plan for the new development in the trio of National Ace Hardware buildings on 4th and McKinley have emerged, right as plans for a new arena and entertainment district across the street have taken steps forward.
Published July 25, 2015
One of the Milwaukee area's most interesting parks is a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth making tracks to Lizard Mound County Park in Farmington, just north of West Bend in Washington County. A wooded path twists and turns through 28 Native American effigy mounds, including the one shaped like a huge lizard which gives the park its name.
Published July 24, 2015
Green Lake is a place of superlatives. Here are eight of the many reasons to fall in love with Green Lake, which is an easy 90-minute drive from Milwaukee.
Published July 24, 2015
What a long strange trip it was. While theaters like the Downer and Oriental have venerable histories as long-running cinema houses, consider, if you will, the the more varied history of the now-dilapidated State Theater, 2616 W. State St. Originally a movie theater, the State has served a number of purposes - rock venue, prudish dance hall and strip club - in its nearly 100-year history.
Published July 22, 2015
There were about 500 people on hand to watch U2 at The Palms on April 15, 1981. The show was part of the Irish band's first U.S. tour. Here's a look back...
Published July 21, 2015
Come with me to see the progress on the restoration of The Pabst Mansion's third floor and also peek into the basement and attic, and experience the view from the roof of this Milwaukee landmark.
Published July 17, 2015
Milwaukee neighborhoods were once awash in movie theaters, as hard as that may be to imagine these days when you can count the number of non-googleplex cinemas in the city limits on one hand. While many are lost, a few remain. At 3804 W. Vliet St. is a former longtime carpet store that's been closed the past few years. But, originally, the building was home to The Lyric Theater, which operated from 1917 to 1952.
Published July 14, 2015
In 2012, I toured the surviving Alexander Eschweiler-designed Agricultural College buildings on the County Grounds, when their roofs gaped open to the stars - and the elements - and weeds encircled their exteriors. Despite talk of tearing them down, and an ongoing battle to save them from demolition, four of the buildings survive, even as six new apartment buildings are rising around them.
Published July 14, 2015
The WMA managed to get an alternative teacher-licensing track included in the omnibus that allows graduates from a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, (MACTE) to apply for a Wisconsin state teaching license to teach in a public or charter Montessori school.