The Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor will host Indiana’s first U.S. Navy vessel
commissioning ceremony when it commissions the USS Indianapolis
littoral combat ship on Saturday, Oct. 26, at its facility on Lake Michigan.
of USS Indianapolis will mark the fourth time a U.S. Navy vessel will
bear the name of Indiana’s capital city. The name has a rich heritage,
dating back to World War I. The most notable vessel, USS Indianapolis
(CA 35), was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1945 in the closing days
of World War II, with only 317 of the 1,196 men on board surviving. The last
USS Indianapolis ship was SSN-697, decommissioned in 1998.
“As Governor and as
a veteran of the United States Navy, it is a great honor to celebrate and
commemorate the lives of all who have served on the first three Indianapolis
ships,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “The USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) will
be a proud representation of the spirit of service embodied in the lives
those of us who have called Indiana and Indianapolis our home.”
a Freedom-class littoral combat ship (LCS), was built in Marinette, Wis., by
Fincantieri Marinette Marine for Lockheed Martin. According to Lockheed
Martin, the LCS is an automated combat ship that can deliver dominance in
near-shore environments. The flexible hull design allows for modification to
integrate capabilities including over-the-horizon missiles, advanced
electronic warfare systems and decoys.
new Indianapolis ship represents our capital city, our state, as well as all
of the previous sailors who have served on an Indianapolis,” said Ray
Shearer, chairman of the USS Indianapolis Commissioning Committee.
“This will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime event that will give the general
public an opportunity to see and experience an historic celebration.”
trials, USS Indianapolis underwent a full-power run, maneuverability
testing, and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of its combat
“The honor the
United States Navy has bestowed on the Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor is
humbling,” Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda II said. “To serve as host and
backdrop for the U.S. Navy that created the very protection which allows
U.S. commerce to thrive is an indescribable privilege.”
will be present to witness the occasion, including Jill Donnelly, wife of
former Sen. Joe Donnelly, who serves as the ship’s sponsor.