United States names upcoming Littoral Combat Ship, attack submarine

The United States government named a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and a Virginia-Class Submarine. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced last August 19 that Independence-class LCS-24 will be named USS Oakland. Mabus also hosted a ship-naming ceremony August 22 announcing that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will be known as USS Idaho.

“Virginia-class attack submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century,” the US Navy said. “They have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.”

While the Independence-class LCSs provide the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

USS Oakland (LCS 24) will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. It will be 419 feet long and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Currently, there are two Independence-class LCSs which are in active US Navy service, while 10 are undergoing trials and construction.