Crews of Marinette-built warship discuss missions

MARINETTE – A half dozen sailors dressed in camouflaged fatigues stood in front of cameras Monday on the flight deck of the future USS Milwaukee, talking to reporters from a pair of TV stations in Sioux City, Iowa.

The crew members, part of LCS Crew 108, are at the vanguard of a new class of ships built in Marinette for the U.S. Navy that will eventually include the future USS Sioux City.

The Littoral Combat Ship is a 388-foot-long vessel that can be configured to carry out several different missions including surface warfare, antisubmarine operations and mine countermeasures. The speedy ship is designed to fight in shallower waters with a smaller crew than older Navy ships.

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