(Feb. 13, 2018) The U.S. Navy is naming one of its newest combat vessels the USS Nantucket, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced today.

The Nantucket (LCS 27) is a Littoral Combat Ship, a relatively small vessel intended for operations close to shore. According to the Navy, it is designed to "defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft."

The USS Nantucket, the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to bear the island's name, will be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. The name was chosen to "honor the maritime history and heritage of the people of Nantucket," Navy spokesman Lt. Joshua Kelsey said.

A second LCS, the USS Savannah, will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

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