The US Navy will soon have a new warship in its fleet named the USS Cincinnati. The littoral combat ship will be christened in a ceremony Saturday morning in Mobile Alabama where it was built. This is the fifth Navy ship to be named the USS Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Councilman and former Mayor Dave Mann will represent the city of Cincinnati at the ceremony, he is a Navy veteran himself. He plans to present the crew with a key to the city that will be welded onto the ships control panel.
USS Cincinnati is powered by two GE Aviation marine engines that were assembled and tested in Cincinnati at the company plant in Evendale. The ship is over 400 feet long and capable of reaching speeds of almost 50mph. This combat ship is very versatile and can be used for a variety of missions including surface warfare, mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare.
The last Navy vessel to be named the USS Cincinnati was a nuclear sub that the Navy retired in 1996. The coning tower from that ship sits in a warehouse in Cincinnati and could one day be part of a war memorial at the Banks.