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
2018, Blunt participated
in the christening of the USS St. Louis in Wisconsin.
USS St. Louis is a littoral combat vessel designed to address surface and
submarine threats along coastal waters.
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.”