LBJ’s daughters to christen warship bearing his name

BATH, Maine (AP) — Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters are set to christen a stealth warship that bears the 36th president’s name at a ceremony in Maine.

Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson are co-sponsors of the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson, which is under construction at Bath Iron Works.

The 610-foot warship is the last in a class of three ships that are the largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyers built for the U.S. Navy. The ships feature a new wave-piercing “tumblehome” hull, a stealthy shape, electric propulsion and advanced automation.

Robb said before Saturday’s ceremony that her father would be honored to have his name on a Navy ship, especially one that “looks forward, not backward.” It will undergo further outfitting and sea trials before it’s commissioned into service.

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