Navy set to build new warship USS Cleveland

By JACK TORRY | The Columbus Dispatch | Published: February 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — For the fourth time in history, a ship named after the city of Cleveland will sail with the U.S. Navy.

The Navy announced that the final contract has been issued to build the USS Cleveland, a swift warship that is part of the Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship class. The 3,500 ton warship will be built in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The Cleveland is designed to serve in relatively shallow water. It will engage in a variety of patrol duties including detection of submarines and surface ships.

The announcement of the contract was made jointly by Democratic House members Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, Marcia Fudge of Cleveland and Tim Ryan of Niles, and Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown.

The first Cleveland was a small 3,200-ton light cruiser which escorted convoys in the Atlantic during World War I before being scrapped in 1930. The second Cleveland was a 10,000-ton light cruiser which served in the Pacific during World War II. The third was a 9,700 ton amphibious ship which served off the coast of Vietnam.

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