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U.S. Navy to name ship USS Fort Lauderdale

Posted at 1:31 PM, Mar 08, 2016

The city of Fort Lauderdale received some prideful and patriotic news on Monday from the U.S. Navy. 

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus informed the city that they will name a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) the USS Fort Lauderdale.

These ships are part of the Navy’s new generation of small, fast warships equipped with advanced weapons systems. 

“Receiving this honor from the United States Navy represents one of the most prestigious accolades in the history of our city,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said in a news release.

LCS ships carry out missions primarily in coastal waters, including mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

Fort Lauderdale's Naval History

Fort Lauderdale has historic ties to the U.S. Navy that date back to the 1830s during the Second Seminole War. It was during that time the military constructed the first of three “Fort Lauderdales” near where the city now sits. 

Fort Lauderdale also served as a Naval training center during World War II.  

Broward Navy Days was formed in 1990, and the annual Fleet Week each spring celebrates the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

"Having a ship named in our city’s honor provides us with an opportunity to build upon the unique history, tradition, friendship and respect we have established with the U.S. Navy, while showing our appreciation to the courageous men and women who sacrifice each and every day to protect our liberty and preserve our freedom,” said Seiler.  "We look forward to providing the services, resources and support to ensure the project’s success."