"Sea Cadets Salute the Navy's Newest Ship"

Only in America can you see....

*The Navy's newest seagoing ship...a new coastal warfare fighter known as a Littoral Combat Ship, the USS Freedom (LCS-1), built on the Wisconsin Michigan border, commissioned in Milwaukee in cold November, headed for the warm homeport of San Diego

*The time honored tradition of sailors manning a ship for the first time

*A three-star Vice Admiral (VADM Dirk J. Debbink, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force) eager to hear the thoughts of a Navy League Cadet

*Sea Cadets from Aurora standing watch with the first watch of the Freedom

*Giant walking sausages

*8,000 citizens, veterans and sea cadets braving the cold to see the Navy come to life

*A Senior Regional Director starting the new tradition of almost throwing a junior ensign off the bow of a newly commissioned ship!

It truly was, the "Adventure of a Lifetime!" Fair winds and following seas, USS Freedom!

ENS Jim McClure, USNSCC

OPS/PAO, Aurora Division

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