The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned its newest warship, the USS Omaha, a futuristic, $440 million vessel named for the Nebraska hometown of billionaire Warren Buffett, who was on hand for the ceremony.
The Omaha, a 218-foot-long littoral combat ship, was commissioned at its brand-new home port in San Diego.
Buffett’s daughter, Susie Buffett, who was designated as the ship’s sponsor, gave the traditional order for officers in addition to crew: “Man our ship in addition to bring her to life.”
“Aye, aye, ma’am,” they replied in addition to ran to the ship as a band struck up “Anchors Aweigh.”
The aluminum-clad Omaha will be designed for missions close to shore. which has high-tech computer capabilities in addition to can be reconfigured for various missions, including anti-submarine warfare in addition to anti-mine operations.
“She will be a beautiful ship,” said Cmdr. Michael Toth, the commanding officer. “To be at her helm will be more akin to flying an aircraft that has a pilot in addition to a co-pilot than to conning a traditional warship.”
additional dignitaries at the ceremony included Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert in addition to former Nebraska Gov. in addition to U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Navy veteran in addition to Medal of Honor winner.
“I am proud to share our name, our heritage in addition to our community values with USS Omaha in addition to its commander, in addition to we wish you safety on your missions,” Stothert said.
Ricketts, whose state will be landlocked, issued what he said was a unique honor in designating the entire crew collectively as “an admiral inside great Navy of the state of Nebraska.”
The ship will be the fourth to carry the Omaha name since 1869. The last vessel was an attack submarine which was decommissioned in 1995.
“She represents the strength in addition to the fortitude of her city in addition to her state,” U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said at the ceremony. “which ship will be ready to deliver the fight tonight.”