As I blog, the United States Navy and the City of Jackson are unveiling at City Hall the crest of the USS Jackson. Lanier High School’s color guard were scheduled to open the ceremony with the presentation of colors of the U.S. flag and Jackson State University’s Band Ensemble was to perform the National Anthem. City of Jackson officials will gave remarks, and Commander Michael B. Davies of the United States Navy unveiled the crest.
The USS Jackson is an Independence-class littoral combat ship. Although there have been other ships named for former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, she is the first ship to be named specifically for Mississippi's Capitol.
Construction began on August 1, 2011 with the first cutting of aluminum at Austal USA's modular manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. The name of the ship was announced on Oct. 5, 2011.