Mast-Stepping Ceremony Held on April 14, 2020

The officers and crew of the future USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19) observed a time-honored Naval tradition by holding a mast-stepping ceremony aboard the ship in Marinette, Wisconsin. The tradition features the installation of several coins and personal mementos beneath the mast as a gesture to extend good luck and to underscore the character and heritage of the ship.

In observing social distancing guidelines, Barbara Broadhurst Taylor, the ship’s sponsor, participated in the ceremony via video. Barbara contributed treasured coins and ribbons from medals commemorating the distinguished military service of her father and father-in-law in World War II. Other mementos were contributed by the ship’s officers and crew, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and the ship’s builder and designer.

Wherever USS ST LOUIS sails, we will be with her in spirit as she carries these mementos and our hearts.