USS Mobile Christened
Rebecca Byrne breaks a bottle of sparkling wine on the hull of the future USS Mobile. Courtesy Austal USA

The 13th Littoral Combat Ship bound for San Diego was christened at a shipyard in its namesake Alabama city on Saturday morning.

The future USS Mobile, a fast, trimaran-hull warship armed with guns, missiles and helicopters, will join the growing fleet based at Naval Base San Diego.

“USS Mobile is a marvel of engineering,” said Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. “She will extend our capabilities for any mission, from the middle of the ocean to the shallowest of waters, enhancing our ability to project power ashore and at sea. This Independence-class LCS will extend the maneuverability and lethality of our fleet to confront the many challenges of a complex world.”

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne delivered the christening ceremony’s principal address, and his wife Rebecca, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of South Alabama, broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the vessel’s bow.

The Austal USA shipyard is building six more of the ships for a total of 19. A second type of Littoral Combat Ship, a more traditional monohull variant, is being built on the Great Lakes and based on the East Coast.

The shipyard is also building the Navy’s new Expeditionary Fast Transports, with 10 delivered and four more under contract.

Independence-variant littoral combat ships at Naval Base San Diego. Photo by Chris Jennewein
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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.