October 28, 2019

4th USS Indianapolis Commissioned At Northern Indiana Port

The crew of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Indianapolis, brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony.  - U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Haggerty/Released

The crew of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Indianapolis, brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Haggerty/Released

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — The Navy has commissioned its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan.

The ceremony Saturday drew dignitaries, Navy officials, four survivors of the ship's namesake sunk during World War II and family members of current crew members.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Navy veteran, noted the Freedom-class littoral ship was made with Indiana steel. He also says the ship carries a "historic legacy" of the second USS Indianapolis that was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from delivering key components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Only 317 of its nearly 1,200 crewmen survived the sinking and days in shark-infested waters.

The new ship will be based near Jacksonville, Florida. It's designed to be highly maneuverable for missions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare.

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