BUFFALO, N.Y. — A date has been set for the commissioning of a new Navy warship in Buffalo later this year.

The USS Little Rock commissioning committee received word Wednesday from the ship’s commander that the $360 million vessel known as a littoral combat ship will be commissioned Dec. 16 at Canalside on Buffalo’s Lake Erie waterfront.

It will be the first time in the Navy’s 242-year history that a new ship will be commissioned alongside its namesake.

The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is home to three World War II vessels, including the USS Little Rock, a light cruiser commissioned near the end of the war.

The Little Rock was converted to a guided missile cruiser during the Cold War. Decommissioned in 1976, it was brought to Buffalo’s waterfront military park the following year.

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