The seventh U.S. Navy ship named for the city on the Mississippi River—the largest city in the state of Missouri.
(LCS-19: displacement 3,450; length 387.6'; beam 57.7'; draft 14.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 45+ augmentees that can include an aviation detachment, maritime security mission package, and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), 2 Mk 44 30 millimeter Bushmaster II guns, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 1 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Freedom)
The Navy awarded Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin) the contract to build LCS-19 at Marinette, Wisc., on 29 December 2010; Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the selection of the name St. Louis for the ship on 17 April 2015; she was laid down on 17 May 2017; christened on 15 December 2018; and is sponsored by Mrs. Barbara B. Taylor, wife of Andrew C. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Enterprise Holdings, and daughter of the late Lt. Gen. Edwin B. Broadhurst, USAF.
During the ship’s christening, Ms. Taylor, her sponsor, placed her father’s Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross ribbons in the box at the base of the littoral combat ship’s mast.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
20 December 2018