The U.S. Navy has announced the name of a future ship to be built at Marinette Marine.
Littoral Combat Ship 17 will be called USS Indianapolis. Funding for the ship still needs Congressional approval.
According to the Navy, the USS Indianapolis will be the third ship to bear the name. The previous USS Indianapolis was known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific, escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines. On July 30, 1945, the ship was struck by a Japanese torpedo. Of the 1,196 sailors aboard the ship, 317 survived after five days afloat in the Pacific Ocean. The ship earned 10 battle stars for its service in World War II.
"I chose to name this ship Indianapolis because of the legacy this name holds," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a news release. "When people hear Indianapolis, they will be reminded of the incredible bravery and sense of duty with which our men and women in uniform serve."
Plans call for the future USS Indianapolis to be 388 feet long with a waterline beam length of 58 feet. It will be able to reach speeds of more than 40 knots.
Currently, Marinette Marine is working on the future USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit, LCS 5 and 7. The plant is one of two in the country building LCS.
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