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U.S. Navy to christen its latest Independence-variant littoral fight ship

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The Navy will christen its latest Independence-variant littoral fight ship (LCS), the long run USS Cellular (LCS 26), throughout a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, Dec. 7, in Cellular, Alabama.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, representing Alabama’s first district, will ship the christening ceremony’s principal deal with. His spouse, Rebecca Byrne, president and CEO of the Group Basis of South Alabama, will function the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy custom, Rebecca Byrne will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of glowing wine throughout the bow.

”USS Cellular is a marvel of engineering,” stated Performing Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly. ”She’s going to lengthen our capabilities for any mission, from the center of the ocean to the shallowest of waters, enhancing our capacity to challenge energy ashore and at sea. This Independence-class LCS will lengthen the maneuverability and lethality of our fleet to confront the various challenges of a posh world.”

LCS is a extremely maneuverable, deadly and adaptable ship designed to assist centered mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and floor warfare missions. The ship integrates new know-how and functionality to affordably assist present and future mission functionality from deep water to the littorals. Utilizing an open structure design, modular weapons, sensor techniques and quite a lot of manned and unmanned automobiles to achieve, maintain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS gives U.S. joint pressure entry to vital areas in a number of theaters.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and constructed by two trade groups. The Freedom variant staff is led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wisconsin (for the odd-numbered hulls). The Independence variant staff is led by Austal USA in Cellular, Alabama (for LCS 6 and the following even-numbered hulls).

LCS 26 is the 13th Independence-variant LCS and the 26th within the class. It’s the fifth ship named in honor of the port metropolis on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The primary Cellular was a aspect wheel steamer that operated as a Accomplice authorities operated blockade runner. It was captured by U.S. forces at New Orleans in April 1862, commissioned as Tennessee and later renamed Cellular.  The second Cellular was a passenger liner operated by Hamburg Amerika Strains between Germany and america till the outbreak of World Warfare I. It was taken over by the Allied Maritime Council and assigned to america after the Armistice and commissioned March 1919. The third Cellular (CL 63) was commissioned March 24, 1943.  It participated in quite a few campaigns within the Pacific throughout World Warfare II and obtained 11 battle stars for her service by the point she was decommissioned Could 1947.  The fourth Cellular (LKA 115) was an amphibious cargo ship that served from September 1969 till decommissioning in February 1994.