U.S.S. Milwaukee one step closer to reality
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MILWAUKEE - The making of The Milwaukee continues, and Tuesday was a big day for a ship named after our city.
The U.S.S. Milwaukee is about five months away from launch, and Tuesday, the U.S. Navy took a big and symbolic step towards bringing the ship to life.
On the shore of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee's commanding officer joined local elected leaders in unveiling the ship's crest. The crossed swords and lightning bolts indicate this is a ship built for battle and speed.
But Milwaukee's crest also contains a number of nods to the city for which she is named.
"We wanted to capture kind of the spirit of Milwaukee with our crest,” said Cmdr. Michael Brasseur. “We feel we have done that. We have the Calatrava in there a reference to the grain industry and the brewing industry."
The Navy had hoped to launch Milwaukee sometime this summer, but right now, it looks like we will see a launch date in November.
Steve Chamraz contributed to this report.