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.
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.
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.