New USS Little Rock to be commissioned in Buffalo

Apr 26, 2016

An historic event is in the works for the USS. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

The new USS Little Rock will be commissioned in Buffalo
Credit USS Little Rock Commissioning Committee

The Navy's new USS. Little Rock LCS 9 is going to be commissioned in Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Maurice Naylon, chairman of the local commissioning committee, says it's an historic event. 

Paul Naylon, announces commissioning plans for the new USS Little Rock LCS 9 in Buffalo.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

"Ships are commissioned throughout the Navy. But there's never been a ship commissioned...in the 240 year history of the Navy - right beside its namesake. And that's going to happen when the new U.S.S. Little Rock arrives in our port to be commissioned right beside its namesake," Naylon said.   

The new ship's Commander, Paul Burkart, is a Rochester native. Burkart says no date has been set yet, but he says the new Little Rock will be in Buffalo for a week-long commissioning celebration.