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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Secretary of the Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces the name of the Independence-class littoral combat ship LCS 24 as USS OaklandSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Aug. 19 that the next Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship 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 in 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.

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