Thank you for your interest in supporting the commissioning of USS Sioux City (LCS 11) in Annapolis, Maryland.  After months of anxious waiting, we expect an announcement soon on the date the ship will be commissioned at the United States Naval Academy.  Last month, she successfully completed Acceptance Trials in the waters of Lake Michigan and is tracking to be commissioned this fall.

With the ship’s recent progress, we are now launching a series of email updates to keep you informed of all developments, schedules, and information related to the upcoming commissioning.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested and if you have received this from a friend, you may subscribe to future updates at

Excitement is building as the ship nears completion.  The Naval Academy is gearing up for the big event and the Commissioning Committee is making plans for the week-long festivities.

Below you will find information about the ship and the week’s activities.  I invite you to join us for the most patriotic event that many of us will ever attend, right on the seawall of the Naval Academy. 

At this point, we are seeking sponsors.  Whether you are an individual looking to provide support for the effort, seeking invitations to the week’s events and great seats, or a company that would like to become a sponsor, we would appreciate your support to make all of this happen.  The federal government does not fund these events, so every bit helps.  Our goal is to raise $800,000 which will help underwrite the week’s festivities, recognition for the crewmembers (plank owners), and the $200,000 “Legacy Fund” which will endure for the life of the ship to support educational opportunities for the crew and their families.  For additional information on how you can support this effort financially, please see the sponsorship levels at

There is a lot of info on the website, as well as the best way to sign up to sponsor.  Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in supporting in some other way.  I can be reached at

All the best,

Frank Thorp
Rear Admiral, USN (retired)
Chairman, USS Sioux City Commissioning Committee


While the USS Sioux City is the 11th in the class of fast and versatile Littoral Combat Ships, it is the first time that Sioux City has been honored as a namesake city.

The USS Sioux City, was christened on January 30, 2016 by ship’s sponsor Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, wife of the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld.

Designed to be agile and stealthy surface combatants, Littoral Combat Ships are capable of defeating the anti-access threats of nations who challenge our freedom of navigation in contested areas like the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea. This warfighting platform incorporates innovative construction, manning, training and operational concepts geared toward ensuring a continual forward presence… Part of a maritime presence that guarantees maritime security for the United States, her allies and her friends.


USS Sioux City completes acceptance trials

| LCS 11 Journey, LCS Program News | No Comments Nick Hytrek June 1, 2018 MARINETTE, Wis. -- The USS Sioux City has passed a major milestone, sailing one step closer to its commissioning and addition to the U.S. Navy fleet this fall. The ship completed acceptance trials May 20-24 on Lake Michigan. During trials, the Navy tested the…

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