Fort Worth Prepping for Big Day in a Big Way

The nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship will be commissioned in Galveston on Sept. 22

 

LCS-3-in-Norfolk_680x310 While Fort Worth, the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship, makes its way from Wisconsin to Galveston for its Sept. 22 commissioning, plans are underway to ensure the public can share in the historic day.

The saying goes that everything’s bigger in Texas.

By the looks of things, that will definitely be the case later this month for the commissioning of the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the Fort Worth.

Fort Worth will be commissioned on Sept. 22 in Galveston, Texas, and the USS Fort Worth Commissioning Committee is working hard to ensure residents of the ship’s namesake city and others can share in the big day.

“When you have a ship named after you, it’s just a very special thing,” said Congresswoman Kay Granger, at the recent dedication of the ship’s anchor in Fort Worth’s Veterans Memorial Park.  “When the Secretary of the Navy said we are considering this, we had to prove to the Secretary of the Navy that we would honor the ship and take care of the ship and her crew.”

And the commissioning committee is doing that in a big way.

The committee is offering bus transportation between Fort Worth and Galveston for the commissioning. For those who can’t make the 311-mile trip to Galveston, the committee will broadcast the commissioning live during a watch party at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.  The crew of the USS Fort Worth will also be honored by the Texas Rangers at their Sept. 24 baseball game against the Oakland A’s.

Granger led an all-out effort to have former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter name a LCS after the Texas city she represents.  The campaign included letters of support from 34 public officials, postcards from 50,000 residents and thousands of LCS drawings from school children. The tremendous support convinced Winter to name LCS 3 the Fort Worth, and select Granger as the ship’s sponsor.

The Lockheed Martin team, which includes Marinette Marine Corp., naval architect Gibbs & Cox and numerous suppliers built Fort Worth and delivered it to the Navy on budget June 6 – two months early. Fort Worth departed the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin Aug. 6 on its more than 8,000-mile, nine-week maiden voyage to Galveston for the commissioning.

Posted September7, 2012



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