Maine will be seen worldwide yet again!

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today that the next Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship will be named USS Augusta (LCS 34).

The new United States Navy Independence-variant Littoral Combat ship will carry the name of our State's capitol and be the sixth vessel to do so.

It is an honor to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city Augusta,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “From the earliest days of the American Revolution to every conflict since, the citizens of Maine have been an important part of the Navy and Marine Corps team. I am pleased that a future ship will carry on that tradition of service by bearing the name and history of their great capital city.”

The new ship will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, and not by Bath Iron Works here in Maine. It will be a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship, designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions, according to a U.S. Navy press release.  The ship will be 419 feet long, 104 feet wide at its beam,  and able to cruise at 40 knots.