- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Baseball fans at Kauffman Stadium get a first glimpse of a combat ship that will be named after Kansas City.

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was on hand Monday night when a picture of the future USS Kansas City was revealed before the Royals game against Pittsburgh.

The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1edKCuA ) reports the vessel will be a littoral combat ship, Independence variant. The Navy hopes to acquire more than 50 of the ships for a total cost of about $39 billion.

The Department of Defense says the ship is fast and agile, capable of operating in excess of 40 knots. It will be 419 feet long and carry a core crew of 40, plus up to 35 mission crew.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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