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USS Jackson to be commissioned at Port of Gulfport

The Navy's newest littoral combat ship. (Photo source: WLOX) The Navy's newest littoral combat ship. (Photo source: WLOX)
A crowd of 3,000 is expected at the Port of Gulfport Saturday morning for the ship's commissioning. (Photo source: WLOX) A crowd of 3,000 is expected at the Port of Gulfport Saturday morning for the ship's commissioning. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A crowd of 3,000 is expected at the Port of Gulfport Saturday morning for the commissioning of USS Jackson, the Navy's newest littoral combat ship.

The ship is docked at the port's west pier. Commanding officer Allen Adkins gave the media a tour of the 417 foot long ship Thursday afternoon.

Adkins said the crew is excited about the upcoming commissioning and is anxious to get the ship to sea.

It will be home ported in San Diego. The ship is a versatile fighter with multiple capabilities and is especially effective in shallow water because of its 14-foot draft.

Navy secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus will give the keynote speech Saturday. The ship is named after the capital of Mississippi.

Steve Phillips will have more on this story on WLOX News at 6 p.m. 

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