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NS Mayport Welcomes New Ship, The USS St. Louis

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alana Langdon
The newly-commissioned Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS St. Louis (LCS 19) flies ceremonious flags during its first moments of life at it's homeport, Naval Station Mayport.

The U.S. Navy’s USS St. Louis was officially commissioned over the weekend at Naval Station Mayport, where it will be homeported.

The Littoral Combat Ship was commissioned at a private event, due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

“Nearly 200 years after the first ship to bear the name was launched, today we commission the seventh USS St. Louis,” said Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite.  “Much like that sloop of war did in 1828, LCS-19 and her crew will protect the U.S. and our interests near and abroad. Whether conducting counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean or working to enhance interoperability with partners and allies at sea, USS St. Louis will provide maneuverability, stability and lethality in today’s era of Great Power Competition.”

Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said littoral combat ships like the St. Louis have played an important role supporting operations in his command's geographic area.

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper II, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, welcomed the ship with capabilities to counter diesel submarines, mines and fast surface craft threats.

Related: Watch the USS St. Louis commissioning ceremony
“St. Louis brings speed and agility to the fleet,” said Cooper. “Congratulations to St. Louis’ captain and crew for all of your hard work to reach this milestone. You join a proud Surface Force that controls the seas and provides the nation with naval combat power when and where needed.”

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The USS St. Louis is the 22nd LCS to be delivered to the Navy and the tenth of the Freedom-variant to join the fleet.