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The Navy is sending one of its newest ships to hunt high-seas drug smugglers.
09 Feb 2019
By Geoff Ziezulewicz
A littoral combat ship is slated to deploy to the waters of US Southern Command this year to battle drug smugglers, its top officer told lawmakers Thursday.
SOUTHCOM commander Adm. Craig Faller declared America's opioid epidemic "a national security crisis" during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee and said an LCS will patrol South American and Caribbean waters to interdict illicit narcotics.
While 2017 and 2018 were record years for drug seizures in his command, Faller said much work remains to be done.
The admiral did not identify which LCS would undertake the mission but indicated it also could be available for exercises and other duties alongside partner nations the SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility, a sprawling command that sprawls across 31 countries and 16 dependencies and represents about one-sixth of the world's landmass.
(Posted on Little Rock website 09 Feb 2019)
LCS Blue-Gold Crews Catch On!
"USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Change of Command and Crew"
09 November 2018
On 09 November 2018 LITTLE ROCK Blue Crew (Warhogs) turned the ship over to LITTLE ROCK Gold Crew (Scorpions) in the first ever Exchange of Command.
CDR Bush and the crew of Little Rock Gold relieved CDR Peters and the crew of Little Rock Blue and took the Watch of USS Little Rock (LCS 9) in an Exchange of Command Ceremony held on the Flight Deck.
CAPT Johnston, Commodore of LCSRON TWO, presided over the ceremony.
"Thank you, USS Little Rock Blue Crew - Warhawgs for setting us up for success. We will continue the legacy of excellence."
(Posted on Little Rock website 16 Jan 2019)
|Announcement of LCS 6 and LCS 8 Names - March 24, 2011|
|The next Littoral Combat Ship will be named "USS Little Rock" - July 15, 2011|
|Ship Naming Ceremony - October 5, 2011|
|Update - December 4, 2012|
|Blog post on the LCS program from RADM John F. Kirby - June 10, 2013|
|Lockheed Martin Press Release - June 27, 2013|
|Keel Laying Ceremony - June 27, 2013|
|Navy Times Article - June 28, 2013|
|SecNav Ray Mabus visits LCS 9 at Marinette Marine Corp. - September 12, 2013|
|Article: "USS Little Rock, From Light to Guided Missile Cruiser" - December 23, 2013|
|Article on LCS Program - August 4, 2014|
|USS Little Rock LCS 9 Basing - August 7, 2014|
|Marinette Marine Corporation Photo - October 2014|
|"Mayport Moves Closer To Being LCS Hub On East Coast" - November 13, 2014|
|LCS Now Officially Called A Frigate - January 15, 2015|
|Christening, Launching and Commissioning of U.S. Navy Ships - February 1, 2015|
|LITTLE ROCK is moved out of construction building! - March 21, 2015|
|Navy continues funding for Marinette Marine combat ships - April 1, 2015|
|LITTLE ROCK Mast Stepping Ceremony - April 23, 2015|
|LITTLE ROCK is Christened at Marinette Marine - July 18, 2015|
|US Navy Commissions new USS Little Rock next to namesake - August 5, 2015|
|Pentagon Cuts LCS to 40 Ships, 1 Shipbuilder - December 17, 2015|
|LCS 9 Crew 109's Mayport Crew Commissioning Ceremony - January 8, 2016|
|"New USS Little Rock to be commissioned at Canalside" - April 16, 2016|
|New USS Little Rock to be commissioned in Buffalo - April 26, 2016|
|LCS Crew 109 Volunteers With USS Little Rock Association - May 15, 2016|
|Mayoort set to welcome two more 'ships of the future' - December 30, 2016|
|LITTLE ROCK LCS 9 Completes Builder's Trials - August 21, 2017|
|"New USS Little Rock passes seaworthy test" (Video) August 31, 2017|
|Navy service nearing for future USS Little Rock Commissioning - October 8, 2017|
|New USS Little Rock Commissioning set for Dec. 16 at Canalside - October 18, 2017|
|Furute USS Little Rock to be Commissioned in Buffalo, New York - October 31, 2017|
|'New' USS Litle Rock a tribut to Buffalo, Navy's proud past = November 6, 2017|
|Commissioning of USS Little Rock to take place on Dec. 16 - November 10, 2017|
|USS Little Rock commissioning events announced - November 10, 2017|
|USS Little Rock has OFficial Chicken Wing Recipe - November 17, 2017|
|Lockheed Martin makes the combat ship more lethal - November 18, 2017|
|No more tickets left for Commissioning Ceremony - November 20, 2017|
|USS Little Rock arrives Dec. 8, but getting a tour will be tough! - November 27, 2017|
|Little Rock LCS 9 to arrive in Buffalo earlier than expected - November 29, 2017|
|Dec. 16 Commissioning Ceremony set for USS Little Rock - December 1, 2017|
|The U.S. Navy's Newest Ship is Trapped in Canada - January 22, 2018|
|USS Little Rock crew embraces being stuck in Montreal January 24, 2018|
|USS Little Rock LCS 9 departs Montreal 31 March 2018|
|USS Little Rock LCS 9 Stops at Little Creek, VA|
|USS Little Rock LCS 9 will participate in Fleet Week 2018|
|USS Little Rock Visited by Thousands at Fleet Week 2018 while open to the public at Staten Island, NY|
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