Congressman Cleaver Delivers Speech at the Christening of the USS Kansas City

Saturday, September 22, 2018

(Mobile, Alabama) - Congressman  Emanuel Cleaver, II delivered his speech for the christening of the USS Kansas City, LCS 22, today in a special ceremony today in Mobile Alabama. 

The LCS 22 can support modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to capture and sustain littoral maritime supremacy. Kansas City is the eleventh of 17 Independence-variant LCS Austal USA has under contract with the U.S. Navy.

The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Tracy Davidson, wife of Admiral Philip S. Davidson, USN, Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command, headlined the group of officials, naval guests, civic leaders, community members, and Austal USA employees who attended the ceremony beneath the hull of the ship in Austal USA’s final assembly bay. 

A native of Missouri with a degree from Southern Methodist University, Tracy is an active Navy spouse who has volunteered with family readiness groups, been an Ombudsman, served on support group boards, and mentored the Command Leadership Class. 

For the text of Congressman Cleaver's remarks, click here.


Kansas City's Sister Ship, the USS Independence

Commander Gillespie (future commander of USS Kansas City), Mrs. Tracy Davidson, Admiral Davidson

Congressman Byrne, Mrs. Byrne