Christening and Launch

The Navy christened and launched the future USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19) at a ceremony held on Dec. 15, 2018 in Marinette, Wis.

Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the ship’s Sponsor, followed the Navy’s time-honored tradition of christening the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow. Immediately after, the ship was launched into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri served as the principal speaker at the ceremony.

“The future USS ST LOUIS honors not just the great city of St. Louis, Mo., but also the skilled industrial workforce who built this ship,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This christening marks the transition of USS ST LOUIS being a mere hull number to a ship with a name and a spirit, and it is a testament to the increased lethality and readiness made possible by the combined effort between our industrial partners and the Navy and the Marine Corps team.”

The ship is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments as well as the open ocean. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The LCS-19 honors Missouri’s major port city of St. Louis along the Mississippi River. She will be the seventh ship to bear the name of St. Louis. The first was a sloop of war, the second a Civil War gunboat, followed by a Spanish-American War-era steamer troop ship, a World War I cruiser, a World War II light cruiser, and a Cold War-era attack cargo ship.