The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Defense Department:
(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that the next Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Oakland (LCS 24). The ship will be named to honor the long-standing history its namesake city has had with the Navy.
The future USS Oakland will be the third naval ship to bear the name. The first, commissioned in 1918, was largely used to transport cargo; the second, commissioned in 1942 during the height of World War II, was only in service for seven years, but was key during many antiaircraft missions in places such as Pearl Harbor, Marshall Islands, Pagan, Guam, Iwo Jima, Rota, Peleliu and Okinawa. After the war, Oakland performed two duty patrols off the coast of China before being decommissioned.
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. The ship will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs change in a region. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors, in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.
Oakland will be built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. It will be 419 feet long and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 40 knots. Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/local/LCSIndependence/