The U.S. Navy on Saturday commissioned its latest warship, the usOmaha, a futuristic, $440 million vessel named for the Nebraska hometown of billionaire Warren Buffett, who was readily available for the ceremony.
The Omaha, a 218-foot-long littoral fight ship, was commissioned at its new house port in San Diego.
Buffett’s daughter, Susie Buffett, who was designated because the ship’s sponsor, gave the standard order for officers and crew: “Man our ship and produce her to life.”
“Aye, aye, ma’am,” they replied and ran to the ship as a band struck up “Anchors Aweigh.”
The aluminum-clad Omaha is designed for missions near shore. It has high-tech laptop capabilities and could be reconfigured for numerous missions, together with anti-submarine warfare and anti-mine operations.
“She is a good looking ship,” stated Cmdr. Michael Toth, the commanding officer. “To be at her helm is extra akin to flying an plane with a pilot and a co-pilot than to conning a standard warship.”
Different dignitaries on the ceremony included Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and former Nebraska Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Navy veteran and Medal of Honor winner.
“I’m proud to share our identify, our heritage and our group values with USS Omaha and its commander, and we want you security in your missions,” Stothert stated.
Ricketts, whose state is landlocked, issued what he stated was a novel honor in designating all the crew collectively as “an admiral within the nice Navy of the state of Nebraska.”
The ship is the fourth to hold the Omaha identify since 1869. The final vessel was an assault submarine that was decommissioned in 1995.
“She represents the energy and the fortitude of her metropolis and her state,” U.S. Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer stated on the ceremony. “This ship is able to ship the combat tonight.”