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Harley-Davidson creates tribute motorcycle for USS Milwaukee

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Courtesy: Lockheed Martin Courtesy: Lockheed Martin
Courtesy: Lockheed Martin Courtesy: Lockheed Martin
Courtesy: Lockheed Martin Courtesy: Lockheed Martin
Courtesy: Harley-Davidson Courtesy: Harley-Davidson

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The USS Milwaukee is the newest and most advanced navy ship.

To celebrate the spirit of her namesake city, Lockheed Martin has partnered with Harley-Davidson to design a one-of-a-kind motorcycle to honor the U.S. Navy.

The program is part of a yearlong campaign to support the National Military Family Association.  The campaign will help the organization provide scholarships for military spouses, host camps for kids who have parents serving on long deployments and help families reconnect after their loved one returns home.

The campaign will culminate with a charity auction of the bike.

The new ship is designed to defeat growing threats in the coastal water battlespace.  The ship is 390 feet long and travels more than 50 mph. It is also designed to reduce the length of deployments reducing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Harley-Davidson Chief Stylist Ray Drea designed the bike, drawing inspiration from touring the shipyard where the Lockheed Martin-led industry team builds the new ship.  The design also honors historic WWII-era Harley-Davidson motorcycles to model some of the authentic Navy and military custom details.

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