SENATE RESOLUTION 533--COMMEMORATING THE COMMISSIONING OF THE USS ``MANCHESTER''; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 92
(Senate - June 05, 2018)

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   SENATE RESOLUTION 533--COMMEMORATING THE COMMISSIONING OF THE USS 
                             ``MANCHESTER''

  Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Wicker) 
submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 533

       Whereas the State of New Hampshire has a long and 
     distinguished history of military service dating back to 
     1680, when militia companies were formed in the State to 
     protect the citizens of New Hampshire;
       Whereas New Hampshire sent 3 regiments of minutemen to 
     Boston in the wake of the skirmishes at Lexington and 
     Concord, and many of those minutemen went on to fight 
     gallantly under the command of then Colonel, and future Major 
     General, John Stark at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 
     1775;
       Whereas Portsmouth shipbuilder John Langdon, who would 
     later become a United States Senator, oversaw the 
     construction of some of the first vessels of the United 
     States Navy, including the sloop-of-war the USS Ranger, which 
     was built and equipped for naval hero Captain John Paul 
     Jones;
       Whereas the city of Manchester, New Hampshire (commonly 
     known as the ``Queen City''), is--
       (1) the largest city in northern New England;
       (2) an engine for the economy of New Hampshire; and
       (3) the namesake of the first industrialized city in the 
     world, Manchester, England;
       Whereas the first vessel of the United States Navy to be 
     named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, was the USS 
     Manchester (CL-83), which--
       (1) was a Cleveland class light cruiser commissioned on 
     October 29, 1946;
       (2) served with distinction in 3 combat tours during the 
     Korean War; and
       (3) received 9 battle stars for her service;
       Whereas, on April 16, 2013, Secretary of the Navy Raymond 
     Edwin Mabus, Jr., announced that an Independence class 
     Littoral Combat Ship (commonly known as an ``LCS'') would be 
     named the ``USS Manchester'' (referred to in this preamble as 
     the ``USS Manchester (LCS-14)'');
       Whereas, on June 29, 2015, there was a keel-laying ceremony 
     for the USS Manchester (LCS-14) in Mobile, Alabama;
       Whereas, on May 7, 2016, the USS Manchester (LCS-14) was 
     christened in Mobile, Alabama, and sponsored by United States 
     Senator Jeanne Shaheen;
       Whereas, on May 12, 2016, the United States Navy launched 
     the USS Manchester (LCS-14); and
       Whereas the USS Manchester (LCS-14)--
       (1) will join the USS New Hampshire (SSN-778) fast attack 
     submarine in the United States Navy fleet; and
       (2) will be commissioned in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 
     May 26, 2018: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate commemorates the commissioning of 
     the United States Ship Manchester (LCS-14), the mission of 
     which will be to act as a networked, agile, stealthy

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     surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and 
     asymmetric threats in the littorals.

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