USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) Commissions > United States Navy > News-Tales

DULUTH, Minn. — The U.S. Navy commissioned its latest littoral fight ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) in Duluth, Minnesota, Could 21, 2022.

Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota 4th District, was the principal speaker for the commissioning ceremony.

“The energy of America’s nationwide safety, and the democratic values we maintain pricey, are being examined right this moment like they haven’t been in many years,” mentioned McCollum. “I can consider no two names that characterize that energy greater than Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Collectively we’re one group – those that constructed this positive ship, and people who will serve on her. It’s the energy and willpower of the American individuals that’s the spine of our nationwide safety.”

The Honorable Erik Raven, Beneath Secretary of the Navy, mirrored on attending his first commissioning ceremony. “The Twin Cities characterize the Nice State of Minnesota’s financial, cultural, and political heart. The Twin Cities play a big position in our nation’s financial community,” mentioned Raven. “Now, greater than ever, it’s becoming {that a} Littoral Fight Ship is called Minneapolis-Saint Paul – honoring the legacy of labor and contribution of the individuals whose work finally impacts our day by day lives nationwide and globally.”

Vice Admiral Scott Conn, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Necessities and Capabilities additionally attended. “Thanks all for getting ready LCS-21 for this present day,” mentioned Conn. “I acknowledge how particular it’s to be collectively for this milestone, and to spend this present day bringing the most recent ship in our fleet to life on this approach. And extra so, to do it within the State of her namesake cities is exclusive and particular.”

The Governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, additionally attended the ceremony. “It is a distinctive alternative to assemble ourselves as Minnesotans, and Individuals,” mentioned Walz.  “We’re not only a nation; we’re an excellent.”

Visitor audio system for the occasion had been Jon Rambeau, vice chairman and basic supervisor of Lockheed Martin Built-in Warfare Methods and Sensors and senator of Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar.

Attendees of  the ceremony had been Mayor Jacob Frey, Metropolis of Minneapolis; Mayor Melvin Carter, Metropolis of Saint Paul; Mayor Emily Larson, Metropolis of Duluth; Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Govt Workplace, Unmanned and Small Combatants; Mark Vandroff, chief govt officer, Fincantieri Marinette Marine; Capt. David Miller, Commander, Littoral Fight Ship Squadron 2; Capt. Andy Gold, Littoral Fight Ship program supervisor, Program Govt Workplace, Unmanned and Small Combatants; Brian Kriese, deputy officer in cost, supervisor of shipbuilding Tub Detachment Marinette; and Matrons of Honor, Nicole Sunberg and Carly Olsen. 

Rep. Pete Stauber, Minnesota eighth District, assisted in inserting the ship into fee. The ship’s sponsor Jodi Greene, former Deputy Beneath Secretary of the Navy, gave the primary order to “man our ship and produce her to life.”

“As a crew, you’ve gotten already confirmed your energy and willpower in preparing for this momentous day,” mentioned Greene. “You ready this ship to take her place within the fleet throughout difficult occasions. All eyes had been on you as you continued to make this pathway.”

Constructed by the Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Minneapolis-Saint Paul was launched and christened in on June 15, 2019. The ship accomplished acceptance trials, Aug. 21, 2020, and was delivered to U.S. Navy, Nov. 18, 2021.

“I’m extremely pleased with this crew for his or her dedication to shipmate and ship as we labored towards the commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, ” mentioned Cmdr. Alfonza White, commanding officer of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. “We’re honored to hold the identify Minneapolis-Saint Paul into the fleet.”

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the second naval ship to honor Minnesota’s Twin Cities though every metropolis has been honored twice earlier than.

The primary U.S. Navy warship named Minneapolis-Saint Paul was a Los Angeles-class submarine launched in 1983 that participated in Operation Desert Defend/Desert Storm. USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN 708) was the primary submarine to hold Tomahawk missiles particularly designed to be used in strikes in opposition to Iraq through the Gulf Struggle. Having served for over twenty years with distinction, the submarine decommissioned in 2007.

LCS is a quick, agile, mission-focused platform designed for operation in near-shore environments but able to open-ocean operation. It’s designed to defeat uneven “anti-access” threats and is able to supporting ahead presence, maritime safety, sea management, and deterrence.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul will probably be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.