Mobile, ALThe United States Navy christened the USS Cincinnati (LCS 20) on Saturday at 10 a.m. — the boat is the latest addition Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) to join the fleet. Penny Pritzker, former Secretary of Commerce under President Obama, broke open a bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow, as is tradition in the Navy.

Richard V. Spencer, Secretary of the Navy and former U.S. Marine aviator, said that, “The future USS Cincinnati is a symbol of the strong connection between the people of Cincinnati and the Navy and Marine Corps team. The ship serves as a testament to our commitment to growing the Fleet and our partnership with industry and the American public.”

The littoral class combat ships (LCS) are specifically built for operations near the shore — “littoral” literally means, “of or relating to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.” They can move with agility and have a number of uses, including anti-submarine operations, engaging other ships on the surface, mine detection, or amphibious assault, to name a few.

LCS’s, like the USS Cincinnati, boast some very unique capabilities. Most types of ships are fixed with a number of weapons, radars, aerial landing platforms or other specific uses; the LCS is built to be modular, so the potential uses range from a multitude of existing U.S. Navy capabilities to additional options that have not yet been developed.