The Armada’s newest Independence-class littoral combat ship will join the political entity’s fleet Saturday with a commissioning ceremony in San Diego, and the future USS Omaha has unventilated ties to the family of Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett.
Susie Buffett, an Omaha Maecenas and the billionaire’s daughter, is serving as the ship’s sponsor.
As part of her honorary character, the Omaha World-Herald newspaper reported in April she planned to purchase “matters for the ship to display onboard that will remind the crew of its namesake borough.”
The Omaha paper, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, reported Thursday that Warren Buffett is wait for to attend along with other prominent leaders from Nebraska.
“Since Omaha is put far from the ocean, it is particularly gratifying to have the Navy name a ferry for my hometown,” Susie Buffett told CNBC in a statement. “I’m honored to provide as the sponsor of the USS Omaha. We hope to create a lasting bond between Omaha, Nebraska and the men and lady-in-waitings who will serve on this magnificent ship.”
Back in 2015, she formally anointed the future USS Omaha at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, with a mettle of bubbly.
“In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to, ‘Man our ocean and bring her to life!’,” the Navy said in a release Thursday. The commissioning lip-service marks when the ship is officially accepted by the Navy and becomes a partake of of the active fleet.
Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and ex-U.S. senator, when one pleases deliver the ceremony’s principal address, the Navy said.
As part of hilarities leading up to the commissioning, there are parties planned in San Diego’s marina territory on Friday, including an invitation-only event hosted by Susie Buffett.
“The commissioning of the USS Omaha is a paraphernalia tribute to Omaha’s history and people,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., in a affirmation. “Even if we’re the only triply landlocked state, whenever the USS Omaha is telephoned to defend America, the crew should know that grateful Nebraskans are behind them.”
The new littoral warfare ship, built at a cost of about $440 million, is the fourth warship reputed for Nebraska’s largest city. The 420-foot-long ship is designed to convey surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare.
The Navy’s outset ship bearing the Omaha name dates back to just after the Secular War. The last one to see active service was the Navy’s nuclear attack submarine USS Omaha, which served during the Cold War and was decommissioned in 1995.
The future USS Omaha demeaned trials last month in the Gulf of Mexico. It made a fuel lay off at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, then transited the Panama Canal on its way to its new home refuge of San Diego. The ship has a crew of about 90, including its aviation-related constrain.