October 25, 2019

USS Indianapolis Commissioning Set For Saturday At Burns Harbor

The crew of the future littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) man the rails during a pre-commissioning rehearsal at Burns Harbor. - U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Haggerty/Released

The crew of the future littoral combat ship USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) man the rails during a pre-commissioning rehearsal at Burns Harbor.

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

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — The Navy says it will commission its new USS Indianapolis combat vessel at a northwestern Indiana port Saturday.

The ceremony marking the ship's entry into the Navy's active fleet is set to begin at 10 a.m. CDT at Burns Harbor along Lake Michigan. It's the fourth military vessel carrying the Indianapolis name.

The first USS Indianapolis was a cargo ship commissioned in December 1918 and decommissioned the following summer.

The second USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945 while returning from a Pacific island where it delivered 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 third was a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class attack submarine commissioned in 1980 and decommissioned in 1998.

The new USS Indianapolis is a Freedom class littoral combat ship. It was built at a Wisconsin shipyard and will be based near Jacksonville, Florida. It's a Freedom-class littoral ship designed to be highly maneuverable for missions such as mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare.

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