Littoral combat ships under construction
Littoral combat ships under construction at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, AL. Courtesy Austal USA

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced that the next Independence-variant littoral combat ship will be named USS Santa Barbara.

The futuristic, trimaran-hull warship will be based in San Diego after its commissioning. It will be the 32nd littoral combat ship and the third ship named after Santa Barbara.

“I am pleased to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city of Santa Barbara,” said Spencer on Wednesday, citing the city’s “innovative workforce and longstanding support of our Navy and Marine Corps team.”

The $584 million warship will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, AL. The future USS Santa Barbara will be 421 feet long and capable speeds in excess of 40 knots.

The Navy is building 40 of the vessels in two variants for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral regions of the world. The second ship of the trimaran variant was named for the city of Coronado.

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Chris Jennewein

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