USS Marinette Launched
Into Menominee River
Today’s Peshtigo Times.) The future USS Marinette’s awe inspiring sideways launch into the waters of the Menominee River on Saturday, Oct. 31 was witnessed by only a handful of dignitaries and a small crowd of the Fincantieri Marinette Marine employees who helped build her, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Lack of spectators did not diminish the impact of the splash-down as the littoral combat vessel hit water for the first time.
The day was clear and cold, with the mercury at about 30 degrees at the time of the launch. Some spectators not admitted to the shipyard were able to watch the launch from the Interstate bridge and from other sites along the river.
Shipyard officials have expressed hope that the ship’s christening in spring or summer of 2021 can be a more impressive event, complete with the usual gathering of dignitaries from all over the nation. LCS is the 13th littoral combat vessel to be built at the Marinette shipyard, and the final three Freedom-Class LCS are under construction there for the United States Navy
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Caption: The launching of USS Marinette Freedom-class littoral combat ship at Fincantieri Marinette Marine
on October 31, 2020.