U.S.S. Charleston to be commissioned in March

    USS Charleston. (Credit: Austal USA)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — The commissioning ceremony for one of the Navy's newest combat ships is set next month in South Carolina.

    Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the U.S.S. Charleston will be commissioned at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Columbus Street Terminal on 30 Johnson Street.

    It's the sixth shipped named Charleston in naval history.

    Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship's sponsor and broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow two years ago when it was christened in Mobile, Alabama.

    The Charleston is a littoral combat ship similar to a frigate. The ship is about 400 feet (120 meters) long and has a top speed of more than 46 mph (74 kph). It cost about $440 million.

    The most recent USS Charleston was a cargo ship during the Vietnam War.

    Anyone interested in attend the commission ceremony needs to register in advanced by clicking here. Tickets will be available until 11:59 p.m. on February 14.

    “The commissioning of the U.S.S. Charleston is a great honor for our city, and further strengthens our deep and abiding connection to the United States Navy. I urge all who are interested in experiencing this historic moment to join me and the U.S.S. Charleston crew at her upcoming commissioning ceremony," mayor Tecklenburg said.

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