USS LITTLE ROCK LCS 9
The Little Rock (LCS 9) is the fifth ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the United States Navy to be named after Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.
June 27, 2013 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 9 was held at Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
March 27, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock was moved from the Hull Block Erection Building #10 for the first time, mounted on Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT's), and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.
July 18, PCU Little Rock was christened and launched during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Ms. Janee L. Bonner, the wife of former U.S. representative Josiah R. Bonner, Jr., (R-Ala.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Kevin W. Ralston is the prospective commanding officer of Rotational LCS Crew 108 and CO of LCS Crew 109 is Cmdr. Paul R. Burkhard.
November 9, 2016 The littoral combat ship departed Marinette shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan; Day-long underway for Bravo trials on Nov. 14.
August 3, 2017 PCU Little Rock (Crew 109), commanded by Cmdr. Todd D. Peters, departed Marinette shipyard for a one-day underway to conduct sea trials, after piersided for nine months; Underway again from Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 11-12; Brief underway on Aug. 17; Day-long underway for acceptance trials on Aug. 23.
September 25, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the LCS 9 during a short ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard.
December 1, The Little Rock departed Marinette, Wis., for the last time; Transited the Strait of Mackinac on Dec. 2; Transited the Detroit River on Dec. 3.
December 4, PCU Little Rock moored at Canalside waterfront in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
December 16, USS Little Rock was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony in Buffalo, New York. This is the first time in the U.S. Navy's 242-year history that a new ship is commissioned just 50 feet from its namesake, the ex-USS Little Rock (CL 92), at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.
December 20, The Little Rock departed Buffalo en route to its homeport of Mayport, Florida; Moored at Wharf 16 in Port Colborne, Ontario, to refuel from Dec. 20-21; Transited the Welland Canal on Dec. 21; Entered the St. Lawrence River on Dec. 22; Moored at Snell Lock lower wall in Massena, N.Y., from Dec. 22-23.
December 24, USS Little Rock (Crew 109) moored at Berth 33 in Port of Montreal, Quebec, for an extended visit due to a frozen river; Moved to Berth 48 on Jan. 4, 2018; Moved back to Berth 33 on Jan. 16; Moved to Berth M2, MacKay Wharf on Jan. 19; Moved to Berth 52 on March 5; Departed Montreal on March 31.
April 3, LCS 9 moored at HMC Dockyard Jetty NB4 on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port visit; Moored at Quay Wall East in Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., from April 8-9; Arrived in the Jacksonville Op. Area on April 11.
April 12, USS Little Rock moored at Berth 2, Delta Wharf in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after more than a four-month transit from Marinette, Wis.
April 20, The Little Rock departed Naval Station Mayport for routine operations; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 10 in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from April 23-25; Returned home on April 2?; Underway en route to New York on May 20.
May 23, USS Little Rock moored at Homeport Pier in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., for a six-day port visit to participate in the annual Fleet Week New York City.
May 30, The littoral combat ship moored at Pier 16S on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a brief stop; Returned to Mayport on June 1.
June 19, USS Little Rock moved from Wharf D3 to Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport for a brief stop; Underway again on July ?; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 12 on Naval Station Norfolk from July 6-10; Moored at Wharf D3 on July 16; Underway again on July 2?.
July 27, The Little Rock moored at Berth 5, Pier 4 on Naval Station Norfolk for a one-day port call; Moored at deperming crib on Lambert's Point Magnetic Treatment Facility in Norfolk for a brief DEPERM on July 28; Returned home on Aug. ?.
October 4, USS Little Rock moored at Wharf D2 on Naval Station Mayport after underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT).
November 9, Rotational Crew 115 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Tyrone Bush, assumed command of the LCS 9 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.