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Higgins Pays Tribute to USS Little Rock Crews, Past and Present

Dec 15, 2017
Press Release
On the House Floor Congressman Celebrates Navy Ship Commissioning

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the United States Navy’s latest vessel, the USS Little Rock, in formal remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives.  The ship, which is currently docked at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park, will be officially commissioned in Buffalo, New York on December 16, 2017. 

“Mr. Speaker: Today I rise to recognize and welcome the newly-constructed naval ship, the USS Little Rock to my home city of Buffalo, New York where it will be docked until its formal commissioning on December 16th.

“For the first time in the history of the United States Navy, the commissioning of a new USS Little Rock will take place alongside the original USS Little Rock, which served during the Second World War and for the last 40 years has stood as a tall and honored exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.  

“Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this moment to thank the brave men and women of the United States Navy and crew of the USS Little Rock past and present for their service.

“On behalf of Buffalo and Western New York, It is an honor and privilege to serve as the site from which the USS Little Rock will embark on its next mission.

“This new vessel will make a formidable addition to the United States Navy fleet and its dedicated crew, tasked with protecting our nation’s coasts and waterways, will ensure the ship lives up to its motto: “BACK WITH A VENGEANCE”.