MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus says
he's naming one of three new littoral combat ships for the city of
The fast, agile ships are designed for maneuvering near shore.
Mabus told the Montgomery Advertiser on Tuesday he will visit Montgomery on Thursday to help mark the occasion.
The other new ships will be named for Jackson, Miss, and
Little Rock, Ark.
Mabus says the ships have a life expectancy of about 30 years
and cities develop close connections with their namesakes.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said Tuesday that he's delighted
by the news.
The defense contractor Austal will construct the $439 million
ship in Mobile.
An earlier ship named for the city of Montgomery was built in
1891 and took part in the Spanish-American War.