Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter is among scheduled speakers at a christening ceremony in Mobile for one of the Navy's new warships, the Independence.

The Littoral combat ship (LCS) is in the final stages of construction at the Austal USA shipyard where the ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.

Construction on the vessel will continue into next year.

In September, Lockheed Martin Corp. delivered its first LCS to the Navy with an estimated price tag of $550 million.

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