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Navy to christen new USS Cincinnati this weekend

Navy to christen new USS Cincinnati this weekend
Posted at 2:30 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 15:52:36-04

MOBILE, Ala. -- The U.S. Navy will christen a new littoral combat ship named after Cincinnati this weekend.

The USS Cincinnati (LCS-20) will be about 418 feet long and 104 feet wide, according to a news release from the Navy. It is the Navy's 10th ship of this type, which is designed as a "fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation."

The ship features two 29,500hp engines that were built at GE Aviation's Evendale facility. 

Cincinnati Councilman David Mann, a Navy veteran, will present a key to the city and other items which will be welded into the ship, according to city officials. 

This will be the sixth vessel named in honor of Cincinnati since the 1860s. The most recent USS Cincinnati (SSN-693), was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was decommissioned in 1996.