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Naval ship to be named after the city of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday at a press conference in Mobile, Alabama that a new Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship to be built will be named the USS Jackson. 

This is the first ship in the navy's fleet that will bear a city's name.  

In a press statement, Mabus said, "The selection of Jackson, designated LCS 6, honors the great city of Jackson, Mississippi. Its rich history began in 1821 when it was named for Major General Andrew Jackson who went on to become the seventh president of the United States.  Since then, the city has been the hub of state government and a diverse culture." 

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson said, "We are proud that the Navy is recognizing Mississippi's capital city. We appreciate the service of the men and women of the Navy and all they have done to protect democracy and our country," said Mayor Johnson. "This would not have happened without the kind consideration of Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and we thank him for this honor."

The USS Jackson will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters," according to the press statement.  

Jackson will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3000 tons, and she will make speed in excess of 40 knots. 

Construction of the Jackson will be by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala.  

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