- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A U.S. Navy combat ship designed to operate near shorelines will be named the USS Cincinnati.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a release Monday that Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, will build the ship.

The Navy describes littoral combat ships as fast, agile surface combatants designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet submarines and fast surface craft. The Navy says they also are capable of operating in the open ocean.

The planned ship will be the fifth in naval history named for Cincinnati. The first operated in the Civil War and the second enforced neutrality laws during the Cuban Revolution and served in the Spanish-American War. The third was a World War II patrol and flagship, and the last one was a submarine commissioned in 1978.

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