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USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Commissioning Ceremony

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of USS Indianapolis’ (LCS 17) commissioning ceremony.

Live video from the Oct. 26 ceremony in Burns Harbor, Indiana, is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. local time (CDT).

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

Lisa W. Hershman, deputy chief management officer for the Department of Defense, will deliver the principal address. Also speaking will be Under Sec. of the Navy Thomas Modly.

Jill Donnelly, wife of former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Donnelly gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

“This Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will continue the proud legacy created by ships previously bearing the name Indianapolis,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The crew will carry on the tradition of service to confront the many challenges of today’s complex world. To the men and women who will ring in the first watch, you carry with you the fighting spirit of incredible bravery and sense of duty that is inherently recognized with the name Indianapolis.”

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

The future USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) is launched April 18 in Wisconsin.

Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at (703) 697-5342. For more information about the Littoral Combat Ship class: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1650&ct=4

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