While she is not the first Navy ship to bear the name, the new Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named the U.S.S. Indianapolis.
In an announcement today from Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, it was learned that LCS-17 will be named, not only for the capitol of Indiana, but the two Navy ships before her.
The previous Indianapolis is best known for its World War II role in attacking enemy submarines and escorting convoys in the Pacific Ocean before it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.
I chose to name this ship Indianapolis because of the legacy this name holds. When people hear Indianapolis, they will be reminded of the incredible bravery and sense of duty with which our men and women in uniform serve.
The Navy says that littoral combat ships are designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters; a fast agile surface combatant.
Construction of the newest U.S.S. Indianapolis will be led by Lockheed Martin in Marinette, Wis., and is contingent on funding from Congress next year.
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