The USS Jackson at the commissioning ceremony in Gulfport, MS. Navy photo

The littoral combat ship USS Jackson is headed to San Diego following its commissioning last weekend in Gulfport, MS.

The vessel is the sixth ship in the series, and the third trimaran variant. The 417-foot ship weighs 3,100 tons and can travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s daughter, Dr. Kate Cochran, was the ship’s sponsor. It’s the first ship to bear the name of Mississippi’s capital city.

The first 16 of the 50 littoral combat ships planned will be based in San Diego. The ships use a modular design to support interchangeable mission packages, allowing each vessel to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare on an as-needed basis.

“They’re providing incredible presence. They’re providing lethality. They’re providing a lot of things that the United States Navy needs today and is going to need for years in the future,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus at the commissioning ceremony.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.