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The commissioning of the U.S.S. Manchester

April 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Children, City Library, Events, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, Technology, Trustees, West Branch


U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was given the honor of naming the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 14 “USS Manchester,” in recognition of Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the second ship to be named after the Queen City!

The first, CL 83, was a Cleveland-Class light cruiser of the United States Navy, laid down 25 September 1944 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporations’ Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. CL 83 was launched 5 March 1946, sponsored by Mrs. Ernest J. Gladu and commissioned 29 October 1946, Capt. Peter G. Hale in command.

The Navy’s LCS program aims to develop a multi-role ship which can operate in littoral water, which here means water close to the shore of a sea or lake. This ship is designed to engage enemy submarines, clear mines, destroy fast attack boats, deploy unmanned vehicles and be adaptable enough to perform other missions. It has a pumpjet propulsion, which gives them very high speeds upwards of 40 knots. The US Navy plans to replace its remaining fleet of Perry Class frigates and Avenger class minesweepers with this ship!

The commissioning of the USS Manchester LCS 14 will be held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 26 May, 2018 at the State Pier on Market Street. Mayor Joyce Craig has asked the library to help spread the word about this historic event. Please call 603-288-0435 or visit for more information and FREE tickets!



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