May 7, 2016 9:45 AM

USS Manchester to be christened in Alabama today

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is taking part in the christening of the USS Manchester combat ship, in Mobile, Alabama.

The ship is the second one in the U.S. Navy to be named after Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire.

The ship is an advanced high-speed and agile 419-foot combat ship.

The ship was built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile. The ship is the fifth built at the shipyard under a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract awarded to Austral in 2010.

The Democratic senator's initials were welded onto an aluminum plate that was placed in the keel, a beam around which the hull, or body, of a ship is built.

The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday morning.

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