The future USS Little Rock passed comprehensive seaworthy trials last week on Lake Michigan, a necessary step before the ship can be brought to Buffalo's harbor later this year to be commissioned alongside the original USS Little Rock, which is permanently docked at Canalside.
The new USS Little Rock will be the first Navy ship commissioned alongside its namesake predecessor and the first Navy ship to be commissioned in Buffalo.
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The five-day trials by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey represent the last major milestone before delivery of the littoral combat ship.
The new Little Rock will be among the fastest ships in the Navy's fleet, will be able to navigate closer to shorelines and take on illicit-trafficking operations as well as counter-piracy operations. It will have a core crew of 50.