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26TH LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP TO BE NAMED AFTER MOBILE, ALABAMA
The nation’s 26th littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Mobile, the U.S. Navy announced during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22.
“It is such an honor for a future Littoral Combat Ship to be named after the City of Mobile.” Congressman Bradley Byrne, (AL-1) said “Our area takes such pride in building these fine ships, just the latest vessel in Mobile’s long history of shipbuilding. I know the spirit and patriotism of Mobile will be encapsulated in this ship.”
USS Mobile (LCS 26) will be the fifth ship named after the city which also is home to the ship's manufacturer, Austal USA.
“We’re so excited to build a great warship named after our hometown,” Said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “The hard work and dedication of thousands of Mobilians, along with the support from this great city, made this possible, something everyone should be so very proud of. We can’t wait to get the future USS Mobile into the fleet to help defend our freedom across the globe.”
Navy officials also announced Rebecca Byrne, wife of Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1), will be the ship's sponsor.
"The Navy has selected a tremendous woman to sponsor this ship. The work that Rebecca Byrne does for the community here in Mobile is unsurpassed," Perciavalle said. "On a regular basis, she's at the forefront of community development, transformation and charitable giving."