BUFFALO, N.Y. - The commissioning of the new U.S.S. Little Rock at Canalside now has a date: December 16th.

The ceremony at the waterfront will be the first time in the navy's 241-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.

The new U.S.S. Little Rock is a littoral combat ship, designed to be flexible to carry out a number of different missions. Here's a behind the scenes look at the ship.

The commissioning committee has more details and ticket information on its website.