After 15 locks, 4 Nice Lakes, 5 port visits, and three,500 nautical miles traveled, the Freedom-variant littoral fight ship Pre-commissioning (PCU) unit Cooperstown (LCS 23) arrived at its homeport, Mayport, Florida Nov. 20, 2022. Previous to starting their transit, the crew licensed in a number of mission areas required to soundly function and get underway together with: cyber, comms, deck, medical, search and rescue and navigation. Every evolution, though involving completely different departments on the ship, required cautious coordination and help from every division and Sailor onboard and was needed for the crew to have the ability to set sail from Marinette, Wisconsin to Mayport, Florida.

“I’m extraordinarily happy with my all-star crew, the Heavy Hitters. The crew’s professionalism, drive, and strategy to service proceed to encourage me each day,” stated Cmdr. Evan Wright, commanding officer of PCU Cooperstown.


“Your complete crew of Cooperstown to incorporate our momentary assigned Shipmates and civilian crew mates have been absolutely engaged in all facets of creating this a profitable sail-around. I’m extraordinarily proud to be a “Heavy Hitter”, and sit up for persevering with to guard and serve our Nice Nation’s waterways alongside the superb Sailors onboard Warship 23,” stated Command Senior Chief Keona M. Johnson.

The U.S. Navy Freedom-variant littoral fight ship Pre-commissioning (PCU) unit Cooperstown (LCS 23) on trials in Lake Michigan. (Picture by Lockheed Martin)

Because the ship started its transit eastward, PCU Cooperstown stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, Quebec Metropolis, Quebec, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Newport, Rhode Island, and Norfolk, Virginia for refueling, shops replenishment and their Pressure Safety Train. Whereas in Cleveland, the crew had the chance to go to MLB Guardian’s Stadium the place the crew was introduced a bust of Baseball Corridor Fame Veteran and Cleveland native Bob Feller to put of their Chief Petty Officer mess. Bob Feller was a Chief Petty Officer in america Navy throughout World Warfare II and is likely one of the Baseball Corridor of Fame Veterans the ship is known as after.

USS Cooperstown (LCS-23) is a Freedom-class littoral fight ship of america Navy. She is the primary naval ship named after Cooperstown, New York. Ray Mabus, whereas Secretary of the Navy, introduced the naming of Cooperstown on 25 July 2015 throughout a ceremony on the Baseball Corridor of Fame, which is situated in Cooperstown. The announcement was a part of the ceremony which was honoring baseball gamers who served in World Warfare II. Her identify honors American navy veterans from a number of conflicts (beginning with Morgan Bulkeley, first president of the Nationwide League, within the Civil Warfare) who’re members of the Baseball Corridor of Fame.