City officials will unveil the new crest of a combat ship named the USS Wichita on Saturday at noon. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports that the vessel is the third ship named for the city.
The commander and crew of the USS Wichita will also be at the ceremony, which will take place at the Wichita Art Museum. The ship, which is being built in Milwaukee, is among seven named by the secretary of the navy after small American cities and counties that embody American values.
The first USS Wichita a cruiser was commissioned in February of 1939, and decommissioned eight years later after receiving recognition for its service during World War II. The second was a replenishment oil tanker commissioned in 1968. It was in service for 24 years, including during the Vietnam War. It was taken out of service in 1993.
The new crest will be displayed in the Mayor’s office for now. The unveiling of the symbol is a tradition typically held in the city each vessel is named for.The USS Wichita is expected to take to the seas sometime this summer or fall.
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