There have been 5 naval ships to have been named the U.S.S. Milwaukee. We here in Milwaukee are welcoming the 5th such vessel in town this week, prior to it’s commissioning. The boat has already made notoriety, having been involved in an incident in which 40 some private boats were damaged following a high speed run near Sturgeon Bay, WI — part of the Acceptance Trails that a new boat goes through to assure that it does what the Navy Department ordered. This new LCS ship is capable of top speeds of 52 mph — almost unheard of in a ship this size. It’s a “littoral combat ship” which means it’s designed to operate near shore. It can be equipped for anti-mine operations, as well as two other duties — but can only perform one of them at a time — needing to go into port and be refitted for a change in duty. In reading about this ship I was curious to note that since designing this boat there is a new revision to the frigate spec’s making it slightly slower, more heavily armed,
“…the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability… — USNI News
That last troubles me as this ship hasn’t even gone into service and they are already redesigning to make it safer for sailors? Sounds like the HumVee fiasco all over again.
Anyway…. she’s here in town for a few days. The lakefront has been reconfigured for security — we attempted to do our usual Sunday walk along the lake and found cyclone fencing barring us from the area. There are numerous large event tents set up for the commissioning — I’m sure a great party will be had by all who have tickets.
You all know I’m not a military man; I am, rather, a pacifist. But I do love ships. Big ships, little ships, in between size ships. And one that can get on down at 52 mph is pretty awesome. And I can say, there go my tax dollars, being a good tax paying citizen. I truly wish, however, that we could fix homelessness, care for our veterans better, and maybe that we could pay more attention to the problems in our own house instead.
The Previous 4 USS Milwaukee’s
Anyway… Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow. Maybe by the end of the week we’ll be able to get to the lakefront and take our walk. 🙂