SECNAV names the next two littoral class ships, USS Jackson (LCS 6) and USS Monthgomery (LCS 8) 

110325-N-UH963-139 MOBILE, Ala. (March 25, 2011) - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus announces that the names of the next two littoral class ships will be USS Jackson (LCS 6) named for Jackson, Miss., and the USS Montgomery (LCS 8) for Montgomery, Ala., at Austal shipyard in Mobile, Ala. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
Navy Names Next Two Littoral Combat Ships 
From Department of Defense Public Affairs  
WASHINGTON  -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, March 25, the next two littoral combat ships (LCS) to be built will be named USS Jackson and USS Montgomery.

These two ships are part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010. By procuring both versions of the LCS -- Lockheed Martin's semiplaning monohull and Austal USA's aluminum trimaran -- the Navy can stabilize the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships; increase ship procurement rate to support operational requirements; sustain competition through the program; and enhance foreign military sales opportunities. Both designs meet the Navy's LCS requirement. However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flexibility.

The selection of Jackson, designated LCS 6, honors the state capitol, Jackson, Miss. This is the first ship to bear the city's name.

The selection of Montgomery, the capitol of Alabama, designated LCS 8, honors Montgomery, Ala. This is the second ship to bear the city's name.

Jackson and Montgomery will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

Jackson and Montgomery will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 40 knots.

Construction of Jackson and Montgomery will be done by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.
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