The US Navy has christened its newest Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Cincinnati (LCS 20), at a ceremony in Mobile, Alabama.

The future USS Cincinnati will be the fifth vessel in service with the US Navy to be named after Ohio’s third-largest city once commissioned.

US Navy Secretary Richard V Spencer said: “The future USS Cincinnati is a symbol of the strong connection between the people of Cincinnati and the Navy and Marine Corps team.

“The future USS Cincinnati is a symbol of the strong connection between the people of Cincinnati and the Navy and Marine Corps team.”

“The ship serves as a testament to our commitment to growing the fleet and our partnership with industry and the American public.”

The 418ft-long LCS 20 vessel was built by Austal USA. It has a width of 104ft and a displacement of 2784t.

In addition, the ship is capable of accommodating two MH-60R/S or one MH-60R/S and a Vertical Take Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV).

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The US Navy originally laid the keel for the future USS Cincinnati on 10 April last year at Austal’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

The ship is expected to be commissioned with the navy in 2020.

LCS units are modular, reconfigurable vessels that have been specifically designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare (SUW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM) missions in the littoral region.

The US Navy’s LCSs use an open architecture design and are equipped with modular weapons, sensor systems and a wide range of manned and unmanned vehicles.

The vessels offer the US joint force access to critical areas in a number of different theatres.