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New littoral combat ship named USS St. Louis

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on Friday that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship will be named USS St. Louis.

The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828.

“The name St. Louis holds a strong naval legacy,” Mabus said. “In this era when our country is faced with similar challenges as our forefathers, it's important that all who encounter this ship are reminded of the history of our Navy's bravery and sense of duty.”

The LCS is designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.

St. Louis will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

The ship will be 388 feet long and make speeds in excess of 40 knots.

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