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USS Santa Barbara (LCS32) keel laying at Austal USA

USS Santa Barbara keel laying with sponsor, Lolita Zinke, at Austal USA

USS Santa Barbara Commissioning Committee

Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide assistance and financial support for the Commissioning and future operations of the United States newest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the USS Santa Barbara, and to provide support for its Officers and Sailors in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy.

“I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS [Littoral Combat Ship] after the city of Santa Barbara. The city’s innovative workforce support of our Navy and Marine Corps team, whether active duty, reserve force, civilian or veterans, the support from this community strengthens our Navy and nation.” – Secretary of the Navy

The commissioning ceremony is one of the most significant milestones in the life of a ship as it marks her acceptance as a unit of the operating forces of the United States Navy. Brought to life after ship naming, keel laying, christening and launching, time honored Naval customs and traditions help welcome a warship into the the fleet.

A central figure in a ships life is the sponsor. Chosen by the Secretary of the Navy, a ships sponsor is a female who is typically selected for her relationship to the namesake or to the ship’s current mission.

The USS Santa Barbara will be commissioned in Santa Barbara in 2023.

The USS Santa Barbara’s sponsor is Santa Barbara native Lolita (Lola) Hand Zinke. Lola Zinke is joined by USS Santa Barbara Host Committee. The host committee will provide assistance and financial support for the commissioning ceremony and the Officers and Sailors assigned to the USSSB. The members of the host committee are as follows: Andy Busch, Kevin Costner, Misty Hammer, Mary Hudson, Pat Nesbitt, Bill Nicholson, Peter Sadowski, Kevin McTague, and Duncan Westley.

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