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New Warship To Be Named After Santa Barbara; Third In U.S. Navy To Carry City's Name

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One of the new generation of small U.S. Navy combat ships being built in Alabama

A cutting edge new U.S. Navy warship will be named after the City of Santa Barbara.

The 400 foot long trimaran-hull warship will be capable of speeds topping 40 knots. The futuristic looking craft are built for missions like surface and anti-submarine warfare.

The $580 million dollar craft will be built in Alabama, and based in San Diego.

It’s the third Navy ship to be named the USS Santa Barbara. The first was a freighter which had a brief history with the Navy, in 1918 and 1919. The second was an ammunition ship in service from 1970 to 1998.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.