The US Navy’s latest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 23) will be named as USS Cooperstown, navy secretary Ray Mabus has announced.

The new vessel will be named in honour of the veterans who are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame located in Cooperstown, New York.

Currently, the US Navy is building two variants of the LCS, such as Freedom-class and Independence-class.

The future Cooperstown vessel will feature a modular design that incorporates mission packages, which can be changed as per requirements in different regions.

These packages will be supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, as well as sensors in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.

The 388ft-long LCS, which will be built by Lockheed Martin industry team, will be able to cruise at a maximum speed of 40k. Construction of the vessel will take place in Marinette Marine shipyard, Wisconsin.

"The future Cooperstown vessel will feature a modular design that incorporates mission packages."

Recently, the US Navy named its newest Independence variant LCS as USS Kansas City (LCS 22).

The 419ft-long fast, agile surface combatant, which will be capable of cruising at a speed of more than 40k, will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

The LCS is a fast, highly manoeuvrable, networked surface combat ship, which is a specialised variant of the family of US future surface combat ships known as DD(X).

It is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.

Image: The US Navy commissioned its first as Freedom-class LCS, USS Freedom’ in 2008. Photo: courtesy of mass communication specialist 1st Class James R Evans.