Next Independence class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-8) to be named USS Montgomery

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World Navy Force News - USA
 
 
 
Next Independence class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-8) to be named USS Montgomery
 
"The citizens of Montgomery, of this great city have been on the front lines throughout our history."
Ten Independence class Littoral Combat Ships will be built in Alabama by Mobile-based ship builder Austal USA.

The contract allows the company to double its workforce."From our current 2200 to about 4500," says Austal USA President Joe Rella. Rella says the ship is top of the line and believes even its look will entice people to enlist.

     
Littoral Combat Ship 8, also known as the U.S.S. Montgomery will set sail in 2015--taking much of the flavor of the Capital City with it. The Independence (LCS-2) Littoral Combat Ship
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"[It] has such an eye appeal and is so unique that it can't help to be a showcase ship to the Navy and their recruiting efforts."
Some sailors agree. They're anxious to climb aboard. "It's very sleek, it's very cool. It doesn't really look like a ship at first glance. So I think when folks see it, it'll stimulate some thought and some curiosity," says Air War College Commander Bob Poling.
The design on the inside will reflect Montgomery with mementos and historical items.
Secretary Mabus says when the ship visits foreign ports, folks there will be able to get on and learn about the Capital City.
The ship should be finished by 2015. It's expected to cost $435 million dollars.
Source: WSFA
 

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