WASHINGTON — The Navy will christen its newest littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) in a ceremony at the Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, Ala., March 22, at 10 a.m. CDT.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the principal address at the ceremony, and Dr. Katherine Holmes Cochran will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Cochran is the daughter of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
“Every ship we christen is important, but LCS 6, the future USS Jackson, has a special place in my heart,” said Mabus. “As a native Mississippian, it is especially meaningful to me that, at this christening, we are able to celebrate the great state of Mississippi, the great city of Jackson, and, above all, the hard work and dedication of countless shipbuilders and others who have worked so diligently to construct this great warship.”
LCS 6 is the first U.S. Navy vessel christened in tribute to the capital city of Mississippi, and honors the state’s deep ties to the U.S. Navy and the shipbuilding industry.
Jackson is an innovative surface combatant designed to operate in littoral seas and shallow water to counter mines, submarines and fast surface craft threats in coastal regions.