USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19) Profile


Length

387 feet

Beam

57 feet

Draft

13.5 feet

Displacement

ca. 3,500 tons, full load

Top Speed

40+ knots

Range 

3,000 nautical miles at 14 knots

Motto 

Gateway to Freedom

Crew

70 officers and enlisted sailors in Blue and Gold crews

Home Port

Mayport, Florida

The Ship’s Crest

The crest of USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19) tells a rich story that establishes an enduring connection with the ship’s namesake city while reflecting naval history and tradition. Designed by representatives of the crew, the crest was unveiled during a ceremony on July 23, 2019 at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis.

USS St. Louis Crest

Symbolism

Shield

The iconic “3 Rivers” flag, designed by Professor Theodore Sizer and adopted by the City of St. Louis in 1964, symbolizes the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. At the juncture of confluence, a golden coin represents the Louisiana Purchase and the fleur-de-lis denotes the French heritage of the City.

Crest

The Freedom-class USS ST LOUIS and its ensign are displayed at the highest point, denoting the patriotism of the crew. The ship appears atop a wreath that reflects the first-named metal and color from the shield and blazon, Argent (white) and Gules (red).

Supporter

At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arch and the globally recognized symbol of the City of St. Louis. The monument, and the Freedom-class designation of the LCS 19, inspired the crew’s motto: Gateway to Freedom. Eleven gold stars represent the 11 battle stars earned by the famous USS ST LOUIS (CL 49), the fifth of seven ships to bear the USS ST LOUIS name.

Motto

The “Gateway to Freedom” motto is inscribed below two interlaced horseshoes that contain four leaf clovers – another nod to the CL 49, nicknamed “Lucky Lou” for her engagements during World War II.

Seal

The coat of arms is blazoned in full color on a white oblong disc within a dark blue band, edged with a gold, roped border. It bears the name USS ST LOUIS at the top and LCS 19 at the base.

THE HISTORY OF USS ST LOUIS VESSELS

The LCS-19 is the latest of sevenships to carry the name of St. Louis

The historic relationship of St. Louis and the U.S. Navy runs deep over the course of nearly 200 years. Since 1828, six naval vessels have served the country while bearing the name of the gateway city. The Navy will commission the seventh USS ST LOUIS in summer 2020.

USS ST LOUIS (LCS-19) is the 19th ship in the U.S. Navy’s well-connected family of modern vessels that maneuver in shallow, coastal waters. Designed efficiently for speed and agility, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) network counters threats of coastal mines, terrorism and stealth submarines. The network preserves our nation’s freedom of navigation across the globe through an innovative combination of ship design and construction, the skills and training of the crew, and the operational programs that create continuous maritime presence and protection.

The LCS-19 extends the proud tradition of USS ST LOUIS.

1828 USS St Louis

The first USS ST LOUIS was an 18-gun sloop of war that assisted national and international naval missions until the turn of the 20th century.

1861 USS St. Louis

Before his famous bridge over the Mississippi River, James Eads constructed seven ironclad ships for the War Department in Carondelet, MO. The St. Louis was launched in 1861 and renamed the Baron De Kalb one year later once transferred to the Navy Department. She would spend the war battling up and down the Mississippi until struck by a mine in 1863. During engagements at Drumgould’s Bluff, four of her sailors were awarded the Medal of Honor.

1898 USS St. Louis

The third USS ST LOUIS began as an ocean liner in 1894. She was militarized in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and served to cut communication lines around the Caribbean. After briefly returning to civilian use, the St. Louis served in World War I battling U-boats in the Irish Sea and transporting troops in the Atlantic. She was renamed Louisville in 1918 once reassigned to the Navy.

1906 USS St. Louis

USS ST LOUIS (C-20) was a protected cruiser used heavily in World War I as an escort for Atlantic convoys. By the end of the war in 1919 she had completed seven round-trip crossings and continued to serve in humanitarian efforts around the world before her decommissioning in 1922.

1939 USS St. Louis

The light cruiser nicknamed the “Lucky Lou” earned eleven battle stars during her service in World War II. The name was earned for her actions at Pearl Harbor, returning fire and maneuvering into the open sea on the offensive while under attack from submarines. Her war service continued in the Pacific through the battle of Okinawa and she later served under the Brazilian Navy until 1980.

1969 USS St. Louis

The sixth USS ST LOUIS was a Charleston class amphibious cargo ship brought into duty in late 1970 and earned two battle stars for her service in Vietnam.