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USS Milwaukee chirstened Wednesday, year prior to going live

courtesy of FOX 11
courtesy of FOX 11

MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - It was christened Wednesday, but it will be another year before the Navy puts the new USS Milwaukee into service.  

Marinette Marine CEO Chuck Goddard said boat it constructed still needs to pass a series of tests and trials -- and it will be shipped to the Navy in 12 months.  

Still, the company called the ship's completion a satisfying event. It was observed with the usual breaking of a champagne bottle across its hull, which pushed the boat sideways into the Menominee River.  

The USS Milwaukee took two-and-a-half years to build. It's a cutting edge littoral combat ship, with the ability to conduct water combat close to enemy shores with a smaller number of crew members.  

It's the fifth boat named in honor of Wisconsin's largest city. Governor Scott Walker, who spoke at the ceremony, said it honored Milwaukee while showing, "the exemplary workmanship of Marinette Marine."  

Walker said it was a symbol of the commitment to national security. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)