- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The Navy ship USS Jackson will be commissioned at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in Gulfport.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Robert Hawley, chairman of the commissioning committee, tells The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1ZhWnEe ) the ship will be docked for several days on the state port’s West Pier, where the commissioning will be held.

The versatile, shallow-draft ship can be outfitted for one of several possible missions: anti-mine warfare, counter-piracy and anti-submarine warfare.

The Navy describes the USS Jackson as a near-shore, littoral combat ship. Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, built the $600 million ship, an aluminum tri-hulled vessel that is 419 feet long and 105 feet wide.

After commissioning, the ship will have stops at a number of ports along the East Coast. Its home port will be in San Diego, California.


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

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