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Independence-Class LCS-34 to be Named USS Augusta

The U.S. Navy named a Independence-class littoral combat ship after the capital city of Maine. The future USS Augusta (LCS-34) will be constructed at the Austal USA facility in Mobile, Ala., and is the sixth naval ship to carry the name, the Navy said Thursday.

"I am pleased that a future ship will carry on that tradition of service by bearing the name and history of their great capital city," said Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy.

The ship is designed to travel at 40 knots and measures 419 feet long with a beam length of 104 feet. LCS vessels are built for focused mine countermeasure, surface warfare, anti-submarine operations and leverages modern technologies to support present and potential deep water capabilities. The military service procured 35 LCS units with 11 vessels in production phase and seven in pre-construction.

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