Navy commissions USS Omaha

170510-N-N0101-501 MOBILE, Ala. (May 10, 2017) The future littoral combat ship USS Omaha (LCS 12) returns to the Austal USA shipyard after successfully conducting acceptance trials. The trials consisted of a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)
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SAN DIEGO -- The USS Omaha was commissioned Saturday afternoon in San Diego.

It's the Navy's newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) and the fourth warship named for Nebraska's largest city.

Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator, former governor and former Navy SEAL, delivered the ceremony’s principal address.

Omaha philanthropist Susie Buffett served as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she gave the order to, “man our ship and bring her to life!” Governor Ricketts and businessman Warren Buffett, who is also Susie's father, were also in attendance.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said, “Omaha and her sister ships represent an investment in our Nation, the result of the partnership between the Department of the Navy and our shipbuilding industry. American craftsmen in Mississippi, Alabama, around the country have made USS Omaha possible."