EASTPORT — The U.S. Navy says it will send the USS Nitze to visit Eastport during its 2011 Fourth of July Festival.

Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Wednesday that the ship will visit. The senators wrote to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus last month requesting the visit.

The USS Nitze was built at Bath Iron Works and launched in 2004.

Last month, the Navy announced that it has also agreed to send ships to visit Rockland during the Maine Lobster Festival and Boothbay Harbor during Windjammer Days in June.