The U.S. Navy officially put a brand-new battleship into service. According to the Navy, the USS Santa Barbara, a so-called "littoral combat ship," or LCS, is a quick ship designed for surface warfare and near-shore and open-ocean naval security.
One of the characteristics of the Independence variation of the LCS class is that it has an aluminium trimaran design. The Freedom, the other version, is a steel monohull. The USS Santa Barbara and its even-numbered aluminium versions are assigned to a squadron headquartered in San Diego.
"The city of Santa Barbara is rich in history, spanning hundreds of years of change and progress that make Santa Barbara an iconic location and a fitting name for LCS 32," said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.