This week, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Augusta.

The vessel is being named in honor of Maine's capital city. This will mark the sixth ship named after Augusta.

The new USS Augusta is being built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. The ship will be 419 feet long with a beam length of 104 feet and capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said that the citizens of Maine have been an important part of the Navy and Marine Corps team since the earliest days of the American Revolution to every conflict since. “It is an honor to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city Augusta."

In a press release, the Navy states the LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability and is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship.

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