Navy Secretary Selects Names for Two LCSs, One T-EPF
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has selected names for two littoral combat ships (LCSs) and an expeditionary fast transport ship (EPF), the Navy announced in Feb. 13 releases.
Spencer announced the next Freedom- and Independence-variant LCSs will be named USS Nantucket (LCS 27) and USS Savannah (LCS 28) and that the next EPF ship will be named USNS Newport (T-EPF 12).
The future USS Nantucket, a Freedom-variant LCS, will be the third commissioned U.S. Navy ship to honor the maritime history of Nantucket.
The future USS Savannah, an Independence-variant LCS, is the sixth ship to bear the name of the oldest city in Georgia.
Newport will be the fourth ship to bear the name honoring the Rhode Island city. Newport is home to several Navy activities, including Naval Station Newport and the Naval War College.
Nantucket will be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Savannah and Newport will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.
“The LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region,” the Navy said. “An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas.
“The EPF, formerly named the joint high-speed vessel, is a shallow draft, all aluminum, commercial-based catamaran that is designed for High Speed Intra-Theater Surface Lift and serves in a variety of roles for the military branches to include support of overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions and supporting special operations forces,” the Navy said.The Navy is procuring a total of 32 LCSs — 16 of each variant — and 12 EPFs.