Navy to christen USS Kansas City this Saturday

Kara Marxer
September 21, 2018 - 7:57 am

United States Navy

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is in Mobile, Alabama to help christen the USS Kansas City, a new US Navy destroyer that is set to sail next year.

This is the second ship known as the USS Kansas City. The last one was decommissioned in 1994.

Congressman Cleaver said he is honored to be a part of Saturday's ceremonies.

"I've done probably 10,000 speeches in my life, and this one is the most difficult, because we are celebrating something being named after my hometown, and there are people there from all over the country and around the world," Cleaver said.

The LCS-22  (Littoral Combat Ship) is the Navy's newest class of warship and will be used to patrol the US coastline.

Cleaver says its one of the most versitile ships in the American fleet because it can be changed out to handle everything from anti-submarine warfare to ferrying helicopters. The LCS-22 is the Navy's newest class of warship.

"Mrs. Tracy Davidson, wife of commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Philip Davidson, will serve as the ship's sponsor.  In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow," the Navy wrote in a news release.

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