USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32) will be commissioned as the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) by the Navy.

The commissioning ceremony will take place on April 1, in Port Hueneme, Calif., near the city of Santa Barbara.

Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, is the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Other speakers include U.S. Representative Julia Brownley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Russell Rumbaugh, Mayor of Santa Barbara Randy Rowse, Rear Adm. Casey Moton, and Larry Ryder of Austal USA.

Mrs. Lolita Zinke, a Santa Barbara native and the wife of former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is the ship's sponsor.

This will be the third ship to bear the name Santa Barbara.

Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are fast, mission-tailored surface combatants designed to operate in near-shore and open-ocean environments.

USS Santa Barbara is an Independence-variant ship and is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

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