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USS Sioux City


  POSTED ON: Friday, November 9, 2018 12:00 AM by Jennifer Erickson

ANNAPOLIS – The Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Sioux City (LCS 11), will be commissioned at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at the United States Naval Academy. This event is open to the public, but tickets are required.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, the wife of former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, will serve as sponsor of the ship.  The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Winnefeld will give the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”

Cmdr. Randy Malone, a native of Holly Grove, Ark., is the commanding officer of the ship and leads the core crew of 70 officers and enlisted personnel. The 3,500-ton Sioux City was built by Lockheed Martin-led Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.  The ship is 378 feet in length, has a beam of 57 feet, and a navigational draft of 14 feet.  The ship is powered by two gas turbine engines, two main propulsion diesel engines, and four waterjets to speeds up to 40-plus knots.

LCS 11 is the thirteenth littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the sixth of the Freedom variant. It is the first ship named after Sioux City, the fourth-largest city in Iowa.

The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments. It is capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft, and capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.

USS Sioux City will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. 

For more information about commissioning events, visit For those unable to attend the event, the ceremony will be live-streamed at: The link will become active approximately five minutes prior to the event (8:55 a.m. EST). 


Live-feed satellite coordinates as follows:

Media is free to use this Navy-provided footage, as it is public domain:



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Note to Editors and Reporters

Media is invited to attend a media availability/tour of the ship Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.- noon and the commissioning ceremony, 9 a.m.Saturday, Nov. 17. Press interested in covering these events for the future USS Sioux City are asked to RSVP no later than noonWednesday, Nov. 14 to or 410-293-2292. All media will be met for security sweep at a time and location provided upon RSVP. Please be ready to present valid U.S. state/federal government issued photo identification upon entering USNA grounds.