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USS Milwaukee christened in Marinette

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MARINETTE (WKOW) -- The U.S. Navy christened its newest littoral combat ship Wednesday.

It's named after Wisconsin's biggest city.

After a champagne bottle was broken on its hull, the USS Milwaukee was launched into the Menominee River.

This all happened at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette.

The ceremony moves the ship into a 6 month testing phase.

Chuck Goddard with Marinette Marine says, "We'll try to see if she's up to snuff. We'll take her out. She'll do full power trials. We'll run a length at full speed. She'll do reversals. She'll do turns, make sure that everything's good and then we turn her over to the Navy."

Ships like the USS Milwaukee are designed to fight immediately off shore.

Marinette Marine is in the middle of a contract to build ten of these ships for the Navy.

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