Gray visitor to Groton

The littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS-11) passes under the spans of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge as it transits the Thames River en route to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton on Friday for a working port call.

The ship, which will be at the base through the weekend, is the first Navy ship named after Sioux City, the fourth-largest city in Iowa. It was constructed by Fincantieri Marinette Marine and launched on Jan. 30, 2016, after being christened by its sponsor, Mrs. Mary Winnefield. Sioux City was acquired by the U.S. Navy from Lockheed Martin and the Marinette Marine shipyard on Aug. 22, 2018, along with USS Wichita (LCS-13) in a double delivery.

The ship will be commissioned at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 17.

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