Chris Van Horne, NBC 5 Fort Worth Reporter
Thousands of people are expected to attend the commissioning of the first-ever USS Fort Worth in Galveston this weekend. Others can attend a celebration in Sundance Square.
If you wish you could watch the USS Fort Worth's commissioning ceremony this weekend but you just can't make the trip to Galveston, no problem, the ship's namesake city is hosting a watch party.
The commissioning will be shown on a giant screen at Fourth and Houston streets in the heart of Sundance Square.
The watch party is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and you're urged to bring a chair or rent one on-site. Food and drinks will be available from Oliver's Fine Foods.
For those people who can't go to Galveston or Sundance Square the city will livestream the ceremony on FortWorthTexas.gov and it will be shown live on Charter Cable Channel 27 beginning at 10 a.m.
The USS Fort Worth is the first Navy ship to be named after the city.
A littoral combat ship is a 21st-century vessel design intended for amphibious assaults on and close to shore.
The Fort Worth is 390 feet long, 58 feet wide at the beam, is capable of speeds exceeding 40 knots and can fight with a crew as small as 40.
It will be home-ported in San Diego.