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USS Jackson commissioning date set

The Navy ship USS Jackson, which will be home ported in San Diego, will be commissioned at Dec. 5 in Gulfport, Miss.

Retired Navy Cmdr. Robert Hawley, chairman of the commissioning committee, told The Sun Herald the ship will be docked for several days on the state port's West Pier, where the commissioning will be held.

The versatile, shallow-draft ship can be outfitted for one of several possible missions: anti-mine warfare, counter-piracy and anti-submarine warfare.

The Navy describes the USS Jackson as a near-shore, littoral combat ship. Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., built the $600 million ship, an aluminum tri-hulled vessel that is 419 feet long and 105 feet wide.

After commissioning, the ship will have stops at a number of ports along the East Coast before heading to San Diego.

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