USS Jackson (LCS 6) Commissioned
By MC2 Kathleen L. Church.
Gulfport, Mississipi – (NNS)
– December 7, 2015 – The crew of USS Jackson (LCS 6) ushered in a new era in naval warfare, Dec.
5, as the ship was brought to life before a crowd of nearly 10,000.
"I hereby place United States Ship Jackson in commission. May God bless and
guide this warship and all who sail in it," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,
who helped name the ship in 2011. "This certainly ranks right up there with
great days that I've had."
SECNAV Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for USS
Jackson (LCS 6)
Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran's daughter, Dr. Kate Cochran, was the ship's
sponsor. It's the first ship to bear the name of Mississippi's capital city. The
name held a special meaning for many of those at the commissioning.
"For it to be named after the city, the capital of the state in which you
were born, is even more of a phenomenal feeling," said Command Senior Chief Ken
Ballard and 52 other crewmembers will man missions aboard the Jackson, one of
the fastest and most technologically advanced warships in the world.
SECNAV Ray Mabus delivering remarks
during the christening ceremony
"They're providing incredible presence. They're providing lethality. They're
providing a lot of things that the United States Navy needs today and is going
to need for years in the future," said Mabus.
For the crew, the commissioning was the culmination of three years of hard
A fast, agile, and high-technology surface combatant, Jackson will act as a
platform for launch and recovery of manned and unmanned vehicles. Its modular
design will support interchangeable mission packages, allowing the ship to be
reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare
missions on an as-needed basis.
The littoral combat ship (LCS) will be able to swap out mission packages,
adapting as the tactical situation demands. These ships will also feature
advanced networking capability to share tactical information with other Navy
aircraft, ships, submarines and joint units.
The brand new 417 foot ship weighs in at 3,100 tons. It can travel at speeds
in excess of 40 knots. The USS Jackson will be home ported at Naval Base San