DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Navy says it has commissioned the littoral combat ship Sioux City into service.

The Navy said in a news release that the warship was placed into active service on Saturday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

It’s the nation’s sixth Freedom-class littoral combat ship. The vessel has an aluminum skin, high-tech computer capabilities and can reach a speed of 40 knots.

The future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Thames River on Nov. 9, 2018, as it arrives at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. (MC1 Steven Hoskins/Navy)
The future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Thames River on Nov. 9, 2018, as it arrives at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. (MC1 Steven Hoskins/Navy)

The Navy says the ship's name was chosen to honor the residents of Sioux City, Iowa.

Plans for the Sioux City were announced in 2012. It was built at as shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.