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VIDEO: Blunt: Commissioning of USS St. Louis is a Proud Moment for the City, State, & Nation

August 07, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following video he recorded for the commissioning of the USS St. Louis, which will take place at Naval Station Mayport in Florida on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CT. A livestream of the event will be available here.
In 2018, Blunt participated in the christening of the USS St. Louis in Wisconsin.
The USS St. Louis is a littoral combat vessel designed to address surface and submarine threats along coastal waters. It is the seventh ship to carry the name of the Missouri city. Historically, the name was carried by a Sloop-of-War in the early years of the American expansion, an ironclad gunboat during the Civil War, a troop transport and protected cruiser during WWI, a light cruiser during WWII, and an amphibious cargo ship between 1969 and 1991.
Following are Blunt’s Remarks:
“Hi, I'm Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri. In 2018, I was honored to be at the christening of the USS St. Louis. I will tell you the side-launching was quite a sight.
“Congratulations to the crew of the USS St. Louis, to Commander Kevin Hagan, and the best sponsor a ship could possibly have, Barbara Taylor, on this big day.
“This ship is a powerful representation of the enduring connection between St. Louis and the United States Navy.

“This is a proud moment for St. Louis, it's a proud moment for Missouri, it's a proud moment for the people of the United States as the USS St. Louis joins our elite naval forces.”

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