USS Wichita to be commissioned this weekend

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The USS Wichita is launched sideways into the Menominee River, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Marinette, Wis. (Rick Gebhard /The Eagle Herald via AP)

The USS Wichita will be commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Fla on Saturday, January 12. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

The ship will conduct minesweeping, anti-submarine and drug trafficking surveillance operations, while also providing humanitarian support around the world. 

It is the third USS Wichita commissioned into service and is named in honor of Wichita’s significant contributions to our national defense.

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran will give the keynote remarks.

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