Monday, September 24, 2012

Fort Worth Commissioned in Galveston

Fort Worth Commissioned in Galveston

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Rosalie Garcia
GALVESTON, Texas (NNS) -- USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) commissioned at the Port of Galveston in Galveston, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 22.

The ship was officially placed in service by Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO), Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III.

"To the crew, this day marks the beginning. You have already set the ships' personality and character, and we anxiously await your arrival into the fleet for there is much to be done," said Ferguson. "Our expectations for you and the ship are high. The ship arrives at a time when nearly half of our ships in the U.S. Navy are underway on any given day and we are faced with increasing challenges around the globe. We will be a stronger Navy as Fort Worth takes her place among the ships of the line."

The ship's two commanding officers, Cmdr. Randy Blankenship, blue crew, and Cmdr. Warren Cupps, gold crew, took command, set the first watch, and raised the ensign. An LCS manning structure requires rotating crews.
 
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