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New Hampshire

April 12, 2013

Navy combat ship to be named after Manchester

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is naming a new combat ship the USS Manchester in recognition of Manchester, N.H.

The surface combat vessel is designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operation. They are designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The decision, announced Thursday, was praised by the state’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the naming is a testament to the incredible work carried out by New Hampshire’s men and women who serve in uniform. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said the people of Manchester and all New Hampshire residents should be proud of the honor.

The ship is expected to be completed in August 2016.

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