Defense

December 7, 2015
 

Navy commissions USS Jackson

Tags:
PO2 Kathleen L. Church
Gulfport, Miss.

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the Navy’s newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Jackson (LCS 6), in Gulfport, Miss.

The crew of USS Jackson (LCS 6) ushered in a new era in naval warfare, Dec. 5, as the ship was brought to life before a crowd of nearly 10,000.
“I hereby place United States Ship Jackson in commission. May God bless and guide this warship and all who sail in it,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who helped name the ship in 2011. “This certainly ranks right up there with great days that I’ve had.”
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s daughter, Dr. Kate Cochran, was the ship’s sponsor. It’s the first ship to bear the name of Mississippi’s capital city. The name held a special meaning for many of those at the commissioning.
“For it to be named after the city, the capital of the state in which you were born, is even more of a phenomenal feeling,” said Command Senior Chief Ken Ballard.
Ballard and 52 other crewmembers will man missions aboard the Jackson, one of the fastest and most technologically advanced warships in the world.
“They’re providing incredible presence. They’re providing lethality. They’re providing a lot of things that the United States Navy needs today and is going to need for years in the future,” said Mabus.
For the crew, the commissioning was the culmination of three years of hard work.
A fast, agile, and high-technology surface combatant, Jackson will act as a platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles. Its modular design will support interchangeable mission packages, allowing the ship to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions on an as-needed basis.
The littoral combat ship (LCS) will be able to swap out mission packages, adapting as the tactical situation demands. These ships will also feature advanced networking capability to share tactical information with other Navy aircraft, ships, submarines and joint units.
The brand new 417 foot ship weighs in at 3,100 tons. It can travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots. The USS Jackson will be home ported at Naval Base San Diego.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Ryan Conroy

Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Katrina Cheesman Special Tactics officer candidates pull a Zodiac boat to the shore during a selection at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014. Special Tactics career field training pipelines are ...
 
 
Air Force photograph by SrA. Zachary Cacicia

Unique C-5 completes Major ISO inspection

Air Force photograph by SrA. Zachary Cacicia A C-5M Space Cargo Modified (SCM) Super Galaxy, sits on the flight line July 21, 2016, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This C-5 has just completed a Major Isochronal Inspection and is ...
 
 
Navy photograph by Lt. Bryce Hadley

Navy conducts first LCS Harpoon missile test at RIMPAC

Navy photograph by Lt. Bryce Hadley USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. Twenty-six nations, 40 ships and s...