MOBILE, A.L.(DRGNews)- A ceremony will be held Friday in Mobile, Alabama, for a United States Navy ship named after the capitol of South Dakota.
The Navy’s Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Pierre (LCS 38) will be 419 feet long and capable of operating at speeds of over 46mph (40+ knots).
Mayor Steve Harding says there are three major ceremonies that happen when the Navy builds a ship. The first is the Keel Laying Ceremony.
Harding says the next major ceremony for the USS Pierre is the Christening.
The Commissioning of the ship is the third and final occasion.
The ceremony will start at 10am CT. It will be livestreamed on the Austal USA Facebook page. Austal is the company building the ship.
The USS Pierre will be a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship, designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. This will be the second ship to bear the name of South Dakota’s capitol city. The first USS Pierre was a PC-461-class submarine chaser built for the United States Navy during World War II. Originally called the USS PC-1141, she was renamed the USS Pierre in 1956. The ship was decommissioned from the US Navy at Pearl Harbor in October 1958, then transferred to the Indonesian Navy (KRI Tjakalang).
The most recently activated naval vessel with ties to the state is the USS South Dakota (SSN 790) fast attack submarine. It officially joined the US Navy’s fleet Feb. 2, 2019.