At a press conference held at Discovery World yesterday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the USS Milwaukee, the fifth U.S. Navy ship to be named for the Cream City, will hold its commissioning on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Veteran's Park.
The event commemorates the day the U.S. Navy accepts the ship, which was built in Marinette, into its fleet for active duty.
"Today marks an exciting day as we prepare for an amazing event in Milwaukee this November," Barrett said. "The USS Milwaukee Commissioning is an event that appeals to many family generations, and I am eager to be a part of this national Naval tradition that will take place here in Milwaukee – its namesake city."
"The commissioning of the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) is an historic event, which supports the needs of the Navy and the ship’s crews and creates awareness for the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and U.S. Navy," said Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired) Commissioning Committee Chair. "The USS Milwaukee Commissioning is a once in a lifetime event, and we anticipate that much of Milwaukee and even Wisconsin, will be a part of this Naval tradition."
The commissioning is free to the public; however, advanced tickets are required for admission. For information on tickets, head to the USS Milwaukee commissioning website. To buy USS Milwaukee gear, click here.