MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Navy will christen a ship made in Alabama on Saturday, naming it after Australia’s capital metropolis.
The littoral fight ship would be the second ship named the USS Canberra, in accordance with a Navy information launch despatched Friday.
Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos will give the principle speech and his spouse, Elizabeth Anne Sinodinos, will break a bottle of glowing wine throughout the bow.
Australian Minister of Overseas Affairs Marise Payne is the ship’s sponsor however can not attend, the Navy stated.
Austal USA shipyard in Cellular is constructing one in every of two variants of what was designed as an reasonably priced, quick ship to function in shallow coastal waters, additionally known as littoral waters. Lockheed Martin is constructing the opposite in Marinette, Wisconsin.
The primary USS Canberra, in-built 1941, was the primary Navy cruiser named after a international capital. Its authentic title was the USS Pittsburgh. It was renamed Canberra on Oct. 15, 1942, in honor of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra, which sank in the course of the Battle of Savo Island.
The USS Canberra acquired seven battle stars in World Struggle II and in 1958 was the ceremonial flagship for the choice of the Unknown Serviceman of World Struggle II and Korea.
After it was decommissioned in 1970, one in every of its propellers was given to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. In 2001, its bell was donated to the Australian Nationwide Maritime Museum.
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