New Littoral Combat Ship Bound for Naval Station Mayport Is Christened

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USS Little Rock (LCS 9) departs Naval Station Mayport
The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Little Rock (LCS 9) departs Naval Station Mayport for the ship’s maiden deployment, Feb. 6, 2020. The USS Cooperstown, christened Feb. 29, 2020, will become Naval Station Mayport's 10th homeported littoral combat ship. (U.S. Navy photo/Nathan T. Beard)

The vessel that will become Naval Station Mayport's 10th homeported littoral combat ship was christened Saturday in Wisconsin, defense contractor Lockheed Martin reported.

LCS 23 is slated to become the USS Cooperstown, the latest in a growing fleet of littoral craft at Mayport.

The ship will begin sea trials later this year, but a commissioning date hasn't been announced.

The christening more than a decade after the first LCS was commissioned continues a Navy effort to project power into shallow, coastal water using lighter, smaller warships that are designed to be adaptable to meet new needs.

"The versatility, speed and lethality of the LCS make it a critical tool to help sailors achieve their missions," Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin's vice president of small combatants and ship systems, said in written remarks about the christening.

When the Naval Sea Systems Command ordered another LCS from the company last year, the command said the 387-foot-long craft "plays a vital role in American maritime security" by providing an ability to counter small boats and submarines near shore and to conduct mine countermeasures.

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