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Cleaver Joins in Christening of USS Kansas City

The USS Kansas City was christened Saturday in Mobile, Alabama.

The littoral combat ship was built by Austal USA.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II delivered remarks at the ceremony.

"This fine ship, named after Kansas City, the largest city in Missouri and located euphemistically at the junction of jazz and boulevard of BBQ, will soon transfer into the water with a symbolic gesture of good luck and safe travels...with a bottle broken over the bow. The USS Kansas City, without a doubt, will carry with it many stories and journeys that only a few are privileged to make," Cleaver said.

The USS Kansas City is described as a high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ship. It is 418 feet long. It will have a core crew of 40 sailors, according to the Navy.

Austal USA said in a news release that the ship is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance along coastal waters.