BUFFALO, N.Y. - The commissioning of the new U.S.S. Little Rock LCS 9 at Canalside will happen on Saturday, December 16th, but now there are plenty of other events scheduled to kick off the historic day.

The ceremony at the waterfront will be the first time in the Navy's 242-year history that a ship will be commissioned alongside its namesake- in this case, the U.S.S. Little Rock cruiser docked here in Buffalo.

On Friday, December 8th at 12:00, LCS 9 and her crew will arrive at Canalside escorted by the Edward Cotter Fireboat. The public is invited to come to Canalside and welcome the ship to Buffalo.

On Saturday, December 9th at 2:00pm, the Army-Navy Game watch party will be hosted at Buffalo RiverWorks. The public is welcome to watch the big game with the crew and their families.

On Tuesday, December 12th, the Katharine Pratt Horton Buffalo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a Gold Star Mothers Luncheon at noon.

Friday evening, December 15th is the Commissioning Committee Chairman's Reception and Gala at the Hyatt.

And Saturday, December 16 is the big day! At 11:00am, the Commissioning Ceremony takes place at Canalside, followed by a post commissioning reception for all attending the ceremony. This reception will feature wings, pizza, beef on weck and more.

Tickets to the Commissioning Ceremony are free, however registration is required - and seating is limited. Anyone that would like to register for tickets to the Commissioning should visit the Commissioning Committee website usslittlerocklcs9.org, complete and submit the registration form.

Due to the space limitations for the Commissioning, demand for tickets will be greater than the supply of available tickets. More than 5,400 people are already registered for tickets.