The vessel, built in northern Wisconsin, is part of the U.S. Navy's new class of warships.
The USS Milwaukee is described as a speedy, high tech ship, equipped to conduct combat very near shorelines. According to the Navy, relatively small crews can manage the ships.
The Marinette Marine Corporation built the vessel. After a champagne bottle was cracked across its hull, the ship was dropped into the Menominee River in northern Wisconsin.