Sunday deadline for free tickets to USS Montgomery commissioning

Sunday deadline for free tickets to USS Montgomery commissioning

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The USS Montgomery will be commissioned in a ceremony at the Alabama State Port Authority's Pier in Mobile and Sunday is last day to register for free tickets.

City officials say the ceremony, which is expected to last about an hour, will celebrate the men and women who will serve upon the vessel, along the cities of Montgomery and Mobile. To register visit this website and provide a few details along with an address, and the U.S. Navy will send tickets to your home or office.

"This is one of the most unique and exciting events we've had the pleasure of experiencing, but the real show begins at 10 a.m. on September 10," USS Montgomery Commissioning Support Committee Chairman Steve Jones said. "It's absolutely an all Alabama experience since this Independence-Variant Littoral Combat Ship was built, christened and is soon-to-be commissioned in Mobile and named in honor of Alabama's capital city."

The USS Montgomery will measure 418 feet in length and can reach speeds in excess of 40 knots. It will provide war-fighting capability and operational flexibility to meet the ever changing maritime environment, officials say. The ship, like the USS Independence, can be configured to support a specific mission package tailored for the tactical environment.

"The USS Montgomery is the second ship named after the city of Montgomery, and it's the fourth ship of the Independence-Variant of the littoral combat ships, and it's undoubtedly the best," Commander Straub said. "These are not just the enthusiastic words of the commanding officer, but this has been proven with the recent acceptance trials. These successful results only add to the excitement my crew and I feel about getting onboard the Montgomery and sailing her to do our nation's bidding."

In addition to core missions, the Montgomery is capable of conducting search and rescue, Maritime Surveillance and Interdiction and Intelligence gathering. It can also facilitate amphibious operations as well as Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief.

Anyone who is registered by Sunday will also be entered into a raffle to win a Tervis Tumbler adorned with the USS Montgomery seal.

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