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Warship Fort Worth is christened in northeast Wis.

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MARINETTE (AP) -- A new warship called the Fort Worth has been christened in northeast Wisconsin and launched into the Menominee River with a tremendous splash.

Minutes before Saturday's launch, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas christened the ship in the time-honored tradition -- by smashing a bottle of champagne across its bow.

The Navy says it named the ship after the Texas city because Fort Worth has a long history of supporting the armed forces.

The 389-foot ship was built at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis., in conjunction with defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. It's called a littoral combat ship, designed to conduct water combat just off an enemy's shore.

The ship will continue to undergo outfitting and testing before being delivered to the Navy in 2012.

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