Behind-the-scenes look: US Navy ship named after Fort Lauderdale to be commissioned soon

The U.S. Navy plans to commission the USS Fort Lauderdale on Saturday morning at Port Everglades but the city’s celebrations started early.

The 12th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship moored pier side on Monday and there was a patriotic performance by the South Florida Symphony soon after.

“My son is there and I know he’s excited,” Mildred Calderon wrote on the ship’s Facebook page.

The proud moment for the Landing Platform Dock 28 warship was about six years in the making.

Former U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief Charles “Chuck” Clarke, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1987, advocated for its

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