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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:55 AM

USS Sioux City officially commissioned in Annapolis in front of 4,000 people

Most history majors read about it rather than make it.

Not Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Orth, a 2007 Naval Academy graduate who made history Saturday alongside the other crew members and leaders of the USS Sioux City. It is the first Freedom-class warship commissioned at the Naval Academy and the first naval ship to take the name of the fourth largest city in Iowa.

The moment was not lost on Orth, the ship’s operational officer, who wielded a ceremonial sword as he ran on deck.

“This is a once-in-a-career event,” said Orth, who was born in Richmond, Virginia, and is stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. “And commissioning it at the academy is a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Read more: https://www.capitalgazette.com/news/naval_academy/ac-cn-sioux-city-commissioning-1118-story.html

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