The Navy is commissioning its newest littoral combat ship, the USS Cincinnati (LCS20). The ceremony was held on west pier in Gulfport Mississippi, highlighted by a time-honored navel tradition in which Former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, serving as the ship's sponsor, gave the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
"USS Cincinnati and her crew will play an important role in the defense of our nation and maritime freedom," said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a statement. "She stands as proof of what teamwork - from civilian to contractor to military - can accomplish. This fast, agile platform will deliver her motto, 'Strength in Unity' worldwide thanks to their efforts."
The future USS Cincinnati is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to honor Ohio's third largest city.
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region. An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint force access to critical areas in multiple theaters.