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New USS Kansas City shown off before Royals game

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, left, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed off a picture of the future USS Kansas City on Monday before the Royals game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, left, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James showed off a picture of the future USS Kansas City on Monday before the Royals game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Kansas City Mayor Sly James revealed a picture of the future USS Kansas City on Monday before the Royals game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The ship will be a littoral combat ship, Independence variant, and will be designated LCS 22.

“A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute a variety of missions in areas such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare,” according to the Department of Defense.

The USS Kansas City will be built in Mobile, Ala., by Austal USA. The ship will be 419 feet long and capable of operating in excess of 40 knots. It will have a core crew of 40 plus up to 35 mission crew. It will carry two Seahawk helicopters and an unmanned Fire Scout helicopter.

The Navy hopes to acquire more than 50 of the ships for a total cost of about $39 billion.

This will be the second Navy ship to be commissioned the USS Kansas City. The first was a replenishment oiler that served during the Vietnam War and was decommissioned in 1994.

Another USS Kansas City was to have been a heavy cruiser in World War II. But the war ended just after its keel was laid and the order was canceled.

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