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My Fellow Clevelanders,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the online home of USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation (USSCLF).

Established in 2019 to support the commissioning of the fourth U.S. Navy ship in American history to bear the name Cleveland, our vision is to support positive civil-military relations by creating and maintaining a strong, meaningful, and direct bond between citizens of northeast Ohio and the crew of USS Cleveland (LCS 31).

The Foundation has a threefold mission:

  • To send USS Cleveland to the Fleet with the greatest start possible
  • To support the ship and crew throughout her service life
  • To welcome her home to Cleveland at the completion of her Naval service

The work of USSCLF and our partners represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring together all the residents of Northeast Ohio for the commissioning of a warship on the shores of Lake Erie and to return her to Cleveland once she has completed her Naval Service.   Together, we will be doing something that has never been done before.

We will celebrate our region’s veterans of the sea services, recognizing them for their distinguished service to the Nation.   Our community’s families, companies, schools, and civic organizations will be provided numerous opportunities to support the ship’s crew.   Finally, as we look towards the future, we will continue to engage our youth through our STEAM Stars platform that is designed to assist students in developing critical skills in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

Thank you for your interest in the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation.   To learn more about upcoming events, I invite you to sign up for our email newsletter.  I would also encourage you to become a contributor, consider joining our group of amazing volunteers, and of course, inform your family and friends about the mission of the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation.   Please contact us if you need additional information,  

Semper Fidelis and very respectfully,


Brigadier General, USMC (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation

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