The LCS 34, the future USS Augusta, will be named for the Maine state capital. Credit: Contributed

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Navy will name a future littoral combat ship the USS Augusta in honor of the state’s capital.

The decision was announced Thursday by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine.

Littoral combat ships are compact surface warships designed to function in shallow water and provide U.S. forces with access to coastal areas.

The future USS Augusta is currently being built at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

The honor was bestowed on the state due to the “pivotal role” Maine plays in the country’s national security, according to a release. Maine will celebrate its bicentennial in 2020.

“It is an honor to name the next Independence variant LCS after the city Augusta,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a release. “From the earliest days of the American Revolution to every conflict since, the citizens of Maine have been an important part of the Navy and Marine Corps team.”