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The U.S. Navy christened its newest littoral combat ship, the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette in January. The 388-foot long littoral combat ship – which can reach speeds above 40 knots – is the fifth such vessel to carry the USS Milwaukee name.
And, now you can carry the name, too, by wearing one of several very cool T-shirts that were designed right here in Milwaukee's Historic Third.
By the way, the first USS Milwaukee 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.
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