- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Navy will commission its newest shallow-water, near-shore combat ship in Gulfport next July.

The USS Jackson was christened in March at the Austal USA Shipyard on Mobile Bay. It’s the first naval vessel named for Mississippi’s state capital.

The Jackson has been undergoing testing since its launch in December, and it is expected to be delivered to the Navy early next year after trials.

The Jackson is a “littoral” combat ship, meaning it’s designed to operate in shallow water.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/XS2KTz ) Gulfport chief administrative officer John Kelly announced the commissioning during a business club speech Tuesday.

Kelly says the city is soliciting money from businesses and selling $10 commemorative coins to help cover the costs of bringing the ship to Gulfport.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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