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Governor Scott Walker Attends USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony

Governor Scott Walker provided remarks this afternoon at the USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony, held at Veterans Park in Milwaukee.

By - Nov 21st, 2015 03:03 pm

Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker provided remarks this afternoon at the USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony, held at Veterans Park in Milwaukee.  The commissioning ceremony officially entered the ship into service for the United States Navy.

“We’re proud to have been a part of the christening and now the commissioning of this impressive vessel,” Governor Walker said.  “This is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Milwaukee, but the first USS Milwaukee to be built in our great state.  We are excited to be a part of the ceremony to bring this ship to life, and we extend our thanks to the members of the Navy assigned to this ship who will work to protect the citizens of our nation.”

In December 2013, Governor Walker attended the christening of the USS Milwaukee in Marinette, where the ship was blessed and launched into the water for the first time.  At today’s commissioning ceremony, the 54 member crew was assigned to the ship and a long whistle sounded to signify the ship had officially come to life.

The USS Milwaukee is a new breed of U.S. Navy combat ships designed for littoral, or coastal, missions.  The ship can operate in shallow water and maneuver at high speeds of up to 45 knots.  Following the commissioning ceremony, the ship will travel through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the East Coast, then south to the Panama Canal to its new home port of San Diego, for patrols in Asia.

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