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 Sept. 16, 2014
Decades after the break-up of The Rascals, Felix Cavaliere is still performing. We caught up with him before he arrives in Milwaukee this week for a gig at the Northern Lights Theater.
Published Sept. 15, 2014
There are few events more exciting for me than Doors Open Milwaukee, which takes place this coming weekend, Sept. 20-21, as dozens of locations around town as venues of all kinds swing open their doors to let Milwaukeeans see inside. There are churches, schools, office buildings, historic sites and much more.Here are six you won't want to miss!
Published Sept. 13, 2014
Like you, we love the Klement's Racing Sausages. But, the other day, while gazing down at the figures on a T-shirt celebrating 20 years of sal-seech, I wondered if a few of them couldn't use a bit of a makeover and if the time is ripe for a sixth member of the meat-grinder gang.
Published Sept. 10, 2014
Once upon a time, The Modjeska Theater, 1134 W. Mitchell St., was a neighborhood movie palace, the big daddy of Mitchell Street, the second busiest thoroughfare in Milwaukee after Wisconsin Avenue. Now, after four dormant years, and decades after it ended its run as a movie house, Mitchell Street Development Opportunity Corporation is cleaning it up, with an eye toward re-opening in spring with a mix of movies, concerts and other live performances.
Published Sept. 9, 2014
I love finding bits of Milwaukee history and now more than ever they're easy to find online.
Published Sept. 8, 2014
Madison's non-partisan Forward Institute released a report Monday that looked at education funding across the state of Wisconsin and found that over the past decade increasing poverty, deep education cuts, voucher expansion, the economic recession and growing rates of bilingual and special needs enrollment have led to a system that fuels funding and opportunity gaps among Wisconsin students and communities.
Published Sept. 7, 2014
A few weeks ago, I looked at missed opportunities, ugly spaces and other problem spots east of the river. This time, I go west.
Published Sept. 5, 2014
When school opened for the majority of MPS schools this week, most every program had a new 30-hour-a-week parent coordinator paraprofessional on staff to help school staff and families build bridges. At least one school's coordinator has constructed a successful one via social media. It's a model that could be successfully duplicated at other schools.
Published Sept. 3, 2014
The office of the County Executive Chris Abele today released an updated plan -- announced in collaboration with Mayor Tom Barrett -- for the mixed-use Couture high-rise development on the lakefront.
Published Sept. 3, 2014
Third time's the charm, at least for Milwaukee-born and bred author Stuart Rojstaczer. Rojstaczer's third stab at writing a novel has been his most successful and the publication of "The Mathematician's Shiva," out now in paperback from Penguin, brings the Brew City boy home for a reading and signing next week at Boswell Books.