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LCS 11 Sioux City


Type, class: Littoral Combat Ship –

LCS; Freedom class

Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA

Awarded: March 16, 2012
Laid down: February 19, 2014
Christened + Launched: January 30, 2016
Commissioned: November 17, 2018


Naval Station Mayport, Florida

Sioux City, Iowa
Ships Motto:

Technical Data: see: INFO > Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship – LCS


Quarterdeck: 904-652-5991

LCS 11 Leadership



CMDCS Benjamin A. Hall
Senior Chief Hall, is a native of Brenham, TX. He graduated from Brenham High School in 1998. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1998 attending Basic Training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

His duty assignments include: Nuclear Field Electrician’s Mate “A” School, Charleston, South Carolina; Naval Nuclear Power School, Charleston, South Carolina; Nuclear Power Training Unit, Charleston, South Carolina; USS Los Angeles – Honolulu, Hawaii; USS Alaska (Blue) – Bangor, Washington; Mineman “A” School, Ingleside, Texas; MCM Crew Implicit – Ingleside, Texas; USS Defender – Sasebo, Japan; Mine Warfare Training Center, San Diego, California; LCS MCM BLUE DET 22 – Mayport, Florida; Mine Division TWO TWO.

Currently assigned as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Blue Crew.

Senior Chief Hall is qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare and Submarine Warfare.

Senior Chief Hall was promoted to Chief in September 2013 and completed the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 231) and CMC/COB (May 2021).

Senior Chief Hall’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and various campaign and unit awards.

USS Sioux City LCS 11 Crest


SHIELD: Per pale, Azure and Gules two peace pipes in saltire Or debruised by a pale Argent bearing a Sioux chief Proper.

CREST: From a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, a plate surmounted by a compass rose of the first detailed Vert, issuant from its base and on either side a flowing ribbon of the second bearing a bar Argent, all between an arch of six mullets, three and three, Gules.

SUPPORTERS: Centered behind the shield is a depiction of the Sergeant Floyd Monument Proper.

MOTTO: A scroll Vert doubled and inscribed “FORGING A NEW FRONTIER”


SHIELD: The shield colors are those of the Iowa state flag. The three sections denote the Sioux City Tri-State Metropolitan Area, or “Siouxland,” as it is known locally. The Sioux chief depicted symbolizes the rich history of Sioux City and is similar to images displayed on the Badgerow Building in downtown Sioux City. War Eagle, the most celebrated chief of Sioux City, was presented a peace medal by President Martin Van Buren. The peace medal became War Eagle’s most prized possession and displayed a tomahawk crossed with a peace pipe, signifying War Eagle’s brave leadership and his love of peace.

CREST: The six stars denote LCS 11 as the sixth Freedom Variant ship of its class. The stars are colored red to symbolize the courage of the Sailors that crew USS SIOUX CITY. The compass rose represents the Lewis and Clark expedition and is colored green to symbolize the territory covered in the area now known as Sioux City. The flowing blue and white ribbon denotes Sioux City as the navigational head of the Missouri River.

SUPPORTERS: The Sergeant Floyd Monument, the United Sates first designated National Historic Landmark, is located on Floyd’s Bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Sioux City, and honors U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Floyd. Sergeant Floyd was the only man to perish on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and was buried near the monument’s location on August 20, 1804.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on an oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold roped border and bearing the name “USS SIOUX CITY” at the top and “LCS 11” at the base.

History of USS Sioux City (LCS 11)

Sioux City’s ceremonial “laying of
the keel” was on 19 February 2014 in Marinette, Wisconsin. She was commissioned at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on 17 November 2018. It is the first US Navy vessel to bear the name of Sioux City, Iowa. Sioux City is homeported at Naval Station Mayport, FL. Sioux City returned from 4th Fleet to complete her first successful deployment on 04 December 2020.


USS Sioux City (LCS 11) Ship Information

Mailing Address and Quarterdeck Phone Number

P.O Box 280046, Naval Station Mayport
Jacksonville, FL 32228-0048


Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship – LCS Technical Information

Builder: Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin, USA

Displacement: 3500 tons (full load) Length: 115 meters (378 feet) Beam: 17.5 meters (57.4 ft) Draft: 3.9 meters (12.8 ft) Speed: 47 knots (87 km/h) in sea state 3 Range: 3500 NM (6500 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h) Complement: 50 core crew / accomodations for 75

Propulsion: CODAG (combined Diesel and Gas) 2 x Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines (2 x 48000 hp / 36 MW) 2 x Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B diesel engines (2 x 9100 hp / 6.8 MW) 4 x Rolls-Royce Kamewa 153SII waterjets; 2 steerable

Installed Power: 4 x Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines Hitzinger generator units 800 kW, each


1 x BAE Systems Mk-110 57mm gun weapon system 1 x Mk. 49 missile launching system for RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) (LCS 1-15) 1 x Mk.15 Mod.31 SeaRAM CIWS (LCS 17-31)

+ various mission modules (Mine Warfare, Anti-Submarine, Surface Warfare) > Mk-46 30mm gun weapon system > RIM-162 ESSM missiles in VLS module (32 missiles) > RGM-184A Naval Strike Missile NSM/JSM (2×4 missiles) > AGM-114B Longbow Hellfire Missiles (planned)

Aviation: 1 x MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopter 1-2 x MQ-8B / MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV’s

Systems: EADS North America TRS-3D air and surface search radar, TRS-4D from LCS 17 Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system AN/SQR-20 Multi-Function Towed Array (as part of ASW mission module) Argon ST WBR-2000 ESM system Terma A/S SKWS decoy system

Ship’s Sponsor: Ms. Mary Winnefeld Prospective Commanding Officer: CDR Shockey Snyder


Chairman: Frank Thorp RDML USN (Ret) Co-Chairman: Chris McGowan Scott Sanders, RADM USN (Ret) James Graybeal, CAPT USN (Ret) Charles Dixon, CAPT USN (Ret) Jason Israel, CDR USNR Joe Rubino, CDR USN (Ret) Mary Sobray, LCDR USN (Ret) Bernard Quibilan, CMDCM(SW) (Ret) Phil Ferrara, USNA ‘65 Alexis Baker Caroline Foster David Gray Beth Gray Beth Mulloy Philip Niedermair Sophia Silbergeld Bev Veit Stephen Wrage