The newest Navy littoral combat ship will be commissioned this weekend. The ceremony for the USS Jackson (LCS 6) will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Port of Gulfport’s West Pier.
Former Mississippi Governor and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will place the USS Jackson in commission.
The 3,100 ton watercraft was built in Mobile at Austal USA. The ship is 417 feet long, with a beam of 104 feet and a navigational draft of 14 feet.
Using two gas turbines and two diesel engines, the Jackson can reach speeds up to 46 mph. The LCS 6 is designed to defeat threats in coastal waters.
Dallas native Allen D. Adkins is the commanding officer of the ship. He leads the core crew of 40 officers and personnel.
The ship will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego in California.
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