Arriving Home in Mayport

The future USS ST LOUIS sailed into its home base of Mayport, Fla. on Friday, July 17 after a nearly one-month trip that started in a shipyard in Marinette, Wis.

The ship was built by defense contractor Lockheed Martin. A crew of 70 boarded the ship in early April to oversee the installation of equipment and to begin training. They began the sailaway to Mayport in June and travelled through the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and along the Atlantic coastline.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the crew stayed mostly onboard the ship during the duration of the trip. There have been no positive tests for the virus.

The crew members were reunited and enthusiastically greeted by their families as they docked in Mayport. Some of the sailors were welcomed with signs and presented with flowers upon their arrival.

Mayport is the U.S. Navy’s east coast home for eight littoral combat ships, all named for cities: Billings, Detroit, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Sioux City, St. Louis and Wichita. The future USS ST LOUIS is a mine-countermeasure ship that sails efficiently and at high speeds. Two rotating crews of 70 sailors will use up-to-date technology to hunt and sweep for mines in harbors and coastal straits.

The ship will be commissioned on Saturday, Aug. 8.