Pierre to have Navy ship named after it

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – South Dakota’s capitol city will have a U.S. Navy combat ship named after it.

Pierre mayor Steve Harding says the process for the USS Pierre (LCS 38) started in February 2019.

When building a ship, Harding says the Navy has three main events.

The USS Pierre will be 419 feet long, 104 feet wide and travel at speeds up to 51 mph. The ship will serve as a close-to-shore warship and is scheduled for commissioning in the summer of 2024.

Along with mayor Harding, he’s selected these people to also be members of the commissioning committee:

  • Mike Mehlhaff
  • Eddie Hruska
  • Claire Peschong
  • Dennis Rounds
  • Chris Qualm
  • Patrick Callahan