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The Milwaukee (LCS 5) is the third ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the fifth ship in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the largest city in the state of Wisconsin. The keel was laid down on October 27, 2011, at the Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

October 11, 2013 The Milwaukee left the shipyard's construction facility for the first time, mounted on special equipment, and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.

December 18, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Milwaukee was christened and launched during a 1.15 p.m. CST ceremony at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis. Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta, the wife of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, served as sponsor of the ship. The prospective commanding officer of the Blue crew is Cmdr. Michael D. Brasseur and Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater is PCO of the Gold crew.

April 21, 2015 PCU Milwaukee recently departed Marinette shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Sept. 14-18.

October 16, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the LCS 5 during a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard.

October 18, The "Juggernauts" of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 104, commanded by Cmdr. Kendall Bridgewater, moved for the first time on board the Milwaukee.

November 14, The littoral combat ship departed Marinette Marine shipyard en route to its namesake city; Moored at McKinley Marina lakefront in Veteran's Park on Nov. 15.

November 21, USS Milwaukee was commissioned during a 1.00 p.m. CST ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

November 23, LCS 5 departed Milwaukee, Wis., en route to Mayport, Fla., for shipyard maintenance and shock trials before heading to its homeport of San Diego, California; Transited the Straits of Mackinac on Nov. 24; Moored at passenger dock in downtown Detroit, Mich., from Nov. 25-27; Transited the Welland Canal on Nov. 28; Entered the St. Lawrence River on Nov. 29; Anchored off Saint-Zotique for an overnight stop on Nov. 29.

November 30, USS Milwaukee moored at Berth 3, Bickerdike Pier in Port of Montreal, Quebec, for a brief stop to refuel; Anchored off Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an overnight stop on Dec. 3.

December 4, The Milwaukee moored at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax for a two-day port call.

December 11, USS Milwaukee moored at Quay Wall East, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., late Friday evening following a delay caused by the discovery of metallic debris in the port and starboard combining gear filter systems. The ship was approximately 40 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk when it experienced the loss of propulsion and was taken under tow by USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53).

December 16, Cmdr. Mark W. Haney relieved Cmdr. Kendall G. Bridgewater as CO of the Rotational LCS Crew 104 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Quay Wall East.

December 1?, Rotational LCS Crew 108, commanded by Cmdr. Kevin W. Ralston, assumed command of the USS Milwaukee during a crew exchange ceremony.

February 19, 2016 The Milwaukee moored pierside at BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair facility on Fanning Island, Florida, after a two-day transit from Little Creek; Entered the floating dry-dock on Feb. 26; Undocked and moored at Wharf D3 on Naval Station Mayport on May 1?; Underway for sea trials from June 8-11.

August 25, LCS 5 (Crew 108) recently departed Naval Station Mayport for full ship shock trials (FSST) rehearsal; Conducted the first FSST test, 100 miles northeast of Ormond Beach, on Sept. 4; Underway for the second test on Sept. 19.

October 19, Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Md., was awarded a $10,5 million order against the previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-15-G-2303) to provide emergent availability advanced planning and execution for the USS Milwaukee.  Work will be performed in Mayport, Fla., and is expected to be completed by June 2017.