Navy ship to be commissioned in Buffalo in December

Posted at 2:55 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 08:05:35-04

A U.S. Navy ship will become the USS Little Rock once it is commissioned in Buffalo, New York later this year.

A date is now set for the ceremony. The $360 million will formally be inducted into the naval fleet on December 16th in Buffalo after it makes its way from the Wisconsin shipyard where it was built.

This will be the first time in the Navy's history that a ship has been commissioned beside its namesake.

The ship is designed to give the Navy access to thousands of ports unreachable by other ships in the fleet. It features a helicopter landing pad and can exceed speeds of 45 knots, or 45 nautical miles per hour. 

Officials in Buffalo are planning a week-long celebration for the commissioning, with invitations extended to government officials as high as the White House.