Keel-laying ceremony held for future USS St. Louis

A keel laying ceremony was held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 for the future USS St. Louis. (WLUK/Dave Duchan)

MARINETTE (WLUK) -- A milestone was marked Wednesday for the latest Littoral Combat Ship, being built at Marinette Marine.

The keel of the LCS 19, to be eventually named the USS Saint Louis, was laid Wednesday in Marinette.

It's the 10th LCS being built by Marinette Marine.

Littoral Combat Ships have warfighting capabilities, and can clear mines and engage in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

The modest-sized ship also offers flexibility.

Once construction on the ship is complete, it will be launched, then tested and re-tested before it's sold to the Navy.

One Wisconsin lawmaker says the ships are an important part of the state's economy.

"It's all about providing jobs for Wisconsin and Michigan and a lot of the products that are produced in Wisconsin are used in these vessels," said State Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay. "So this is the key to our future. Job creation right here in Wisconsin."

A year ago, Marinette Marine was awarded the contract to build the 25th Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Marinette.

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