"Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus formally announced the first ship of the new fleet ballistic missile submarines…will be named USS Columbia (SSBN 826) in honor of the District of Columbia,” Wednesday’s release stated. “The Marine Expeditionary Fast Transport…was named the Puerto Rico (T-EPF 11)."
The Puerto Rico is an all-aluminum, commercial-based catamaran designed for “high-speed intra-theater surface lift” and serves in a variety of military roles, including support of overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian-aid and disaster-relief missions, and supporting special-operations forces, the release explained.
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