Omaha will be honored as the name of one of the Navy’s next five ships.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the next five Navy ships; three Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyers, the USS John Finn, the USS Ralph Johnson, and the USS Rafael Peralta, and two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Sioux City and the USS Omaha.
Mabus named the three destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts which spanned several decades, but were united in their uncommon valor.
The littoral combat ships, according to the Navy, are fast, agile, and operate with a smaller crew and can perform operations in both shallow and deep waters.
“I chose the name for our two new littoral combat ships after Midwestern cities from America’s heartland, to honor the patriotic, hard-working citizens of Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, for their support of and contributions to the military,” Mabus said in a written statement.
Both ships will be flexible, able to reconfigure payloads quickly as combat needs demand. Special detachments will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles as well as sensors to support a variety of missions. Austal USA in Mobile, AL will build the USS Omaha, an Independence variant, which will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots, according to the Navy.
For more information about the littoral combat ship class is available online by clicking here.