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The future USS Jackson launched from Mobile shipyard

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MOBILE, AL (Mississippi News Now) -

The future USS Jackson (LCS 6), launched from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 14, marked an important production milestone for the littoral combat ship program.

Jackson joins the future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), which will launch from the Marinette Marine Corp. yard in Wisconsin next week.

These ships are the first vessels procured under the block buy contract awarded in 2010 and represent the true beginning of "serial production" for the class. With serial production, the Navy is able to realize benefits such as improved cost structure per vessel and reduced construction time.

Following the launch, the ship will undergo outfitting, and test and evaluation of its major systems at the Austal shipyard. The ship's christening, a ceremony that marks the official naming of the vessel, is planned for the spring.

The LCS is designed to operate in the littoral zone (close to shore) to defeat "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

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