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Carroll tickets for USS Sioux City commissioning gone within 2 hours

Carroll tickets for USS Sioux City commissioning gone within 2 hours
LCS 11, the future USS Sioux City, completes acceptance trials, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (Jon Sham / HANDOUT)

Just a few hours after the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks announced it had 40 free tickets to the commissioning of warship USS Sioux City at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis next month, the department announced the tickets were gone and it was no longer taking names for a wait list.

Around 3 p.m., the county sent a news release announcing “USS Sioux City tickets are GONE! … We have quite a long wait list and will not be taking any more names.”

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The ship will be commissioned at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. It will mark the first time a combat vessel has been commissioned in Annapolis.

“A ship’s commissioning is perhaps the most patriotic event you will ever attend,” according to a new release from the county Friday. “Watching a ship come to life and transition from a hunk of steel to a commissioned U.S. Navy ship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the commissioning ceremony, according to the release.

“Designed to be agile and stealth surface combatants,” according to the release. “Littoral Combat Ships are capable of engaging and defeating enemies who challenge our freedom of navigation in shallow contested areas like the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.”

The ship incorporates innovative construction, manning, training, and operational concepts designed to be forward deployed around the world for long periods of time, the release states.

The event is open to all, and children must be accompanied by adults. Ticket holders are responsible for their own transportation to and from Annapolis.

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