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What is a Commissioning?
Bringing the ship to life…

The commissioning ceremony marks the official entry of a warship into the U.S. Navy. This celebratory event is highlighted by the spine-tingling, unforgettable moment when the crew runs aboard the ship to man the rail and the ship is brought to life from the “cold iron.”

This was the 5th ship to be named for the Queen City and will bring forward a proud legacy of tradition and valor. The first USS Cincinnati, a civil war iron clad gunboat, fought numerous engagements and had five Sailors earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. The most recent USS Cincinnati served with distinction during the Cold War as a nuclear attack submarine.

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Commissioning Ceremony

Marking the acceptance of USS Cincinnati as a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy.

The Commissioning Ceremony marks the official entry of a warship into the U.S. Navy. More information on the history of a ships commissioning and other events can be found here.

The Commissioning of the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) occurred on October 5th, 2019. This cutting edge warship was commissioned in a ceremony that honored the ships namesake city and the crew who have dedicated years to preparing both the ship and training themselves to operate the ship.

Commissioning Week

Commissioning Week consists of many memorable events. Contributions to the commissioning support these celebratory events that honor the ship, her crew and reflect pride in our community. There were a number of receptions, personal interactions with crewmembers, and opportunities to meet other dignitaries that were present for the commissioning. In addition, many individuals and businesses that participated in the commissioning week were designated as honorary plankowners and will be presented with various commemorative gifts representative of the ship and the commissioning. Some contributions may be tax deductible. All individuals or businesses that participate and contribute to the commissioning week events will be individually contacted by the commissioning committee and provided with invitations to the ceremony. There is no need to email a separate request for invitations.

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