American novelist James Baldwin once said, "know from whence you came."
Tuesday night, 12 crew members of the Littoral Combat Ship U.S.S. Sioux City traveled to Sioux City, to unveil the ship's crest.
To thunderous applause, and a standing ovation, Commander Kevin Ralston, and Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott, unveiled the crest to a capacity crowd. It features the colors of the Iowa flag, the Floyd Monument, and other local features to tie the ship to the city it's named for.
It's that bond that made this trip to Sioux City a special one for the ship's commander, and crew. "For me, and eleven of my crew members to be here is really important," said Commander Kevin Ralston, USS Sioux City. "Reaching out. We want to show the people of Sioux City what their ship is all about, what their namesake is all about."
The USS Sioux City is under contraction in Wisconsin, It will be completed, and christened, in December. The ship will then be commissioned in the spring of 2017. Work began on the ship in 2014 with the keel laying at Marinette Marine, in Marinette, Wisconsin.
When complete, the USS Sioux City will carry a crew of 95 on missions as long as 21 days. The ship weighs 3,500 metric tons, and measures nearly 380 feet long.
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