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) 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.