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Barbara Broadhurst Taylor's initials will go on the USS St. Louis

Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy officially laid the keel for the future USS St. Louis, the U.S. Navy’s 19th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Ship sponsor and St. Louis native Barbara Broadhurst Taylor completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship. The USS St. Louis is a littoral combat ship designed for engagement in coastal waters. It also will possess mine-clearing and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Navy officials report that this will be the seventh Navy ship to bear the name USS St. Louis. The first was a sloop of war launched in 1828; it served as the flagship for the West Indies Squadron that fought to suppress piracy in the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico region. The last ship to carry the city's name was a cargo ship that was decommissioned in 1991.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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