MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Another future Navy ship will be christened in Mobile this weekend. The future USNS Newport will be christened at Austal USA where the Expeditionary Fast Transport is being built.
The ship is named for Newport, Rhode Island. The city’s Councilor, Lynn Underwood Ceglie, will be on hand Saturday. Others speaking are Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle; Navy Rear Admiral Robert T. Clark; Bilyana Anderson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Vice Admiral Ricky Williamson, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics; and Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield, President, U.S. Naval War College.
The christening ceremony takes place at 10:00 a.m. at Austal. It is not open to the public.
The future USNS Newport is the twelfth Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport built at Austal. The ship was previously known as the Joint High Speed Vessel. Two more are under construction.