Navy Sets Date for LCS 22 Christening

The U.S. Navy is set to christen the LCS 22 or the future USS Kansas City littoral combat ship this Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

Tracy Davidson, wife of Adm. Philip Davidson who leads the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, will perform the christening as sponsor of the latest Independence variant LCS, the Navy said Thursday.

Austal USA began the construction of LCS 22 in November 2017.

The ship will be the second naval vessel to carry the name of Kansas City, following a Wichita-class replenishment ship that served in the Vietnam War.

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