US Navy accepts new littoral combat ship

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U.S. arms shaper Lockheed Martin Corp. has announced that the U.S. Navy commissioned its newest littoral combat vessel USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21) May 21, 2022, successful Duluth, Minnesota.

“The versatility, adaptability and relevance USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul volition bring to the fleet is unmatched. LCS 21 is acceptable for tomorrow’s threats, providing her unit the quality to flexibly deploy precocious capabilities that volition deter our adversaries,” said Jon Rambeau, vice president and wide manager of Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors astatine Lockheed Martin.

Unique among combat ships, LCS is deployed contiguous for close-to-shore missions and is simply a increasing and applicable portion of the Navy’s fleet. In the past year, Freedom-variant Littoral Combat ships person supported the Navy connected assorted missions including respective counter-illicit cause trafficking deployments successful the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific resulting successful hundreds of millions of dollars successful narcotics seizures. Its speed, spot and versatility marque it a captious instrumentality to assistance sailors execute their missions. Recently, the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship for the archetypal clip deployed to U.S. 6th Fleet arsenic a measurement of assurance for NATO allies and partners successful Europe and Africa.

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Minneapolis-Saint Paul was launched and christened connected June 15, 2019. The vessel completed acceptance trials connected Aug. 21, 2020, and was delivered to U.S. Navy connected Nov. 18, 2021. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the 2nd naval vessel to grant Minnesota’s Twin Cities. USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul volition beryllium homeported astatine Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS squad is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval designer Gibbs & Cox, and much than 800 suppliers successful 42 states. Built astatine the Midwest’s lone naval shipyard, LCS accumulation supports 12,500 U.S. jobs, including much than 7,500 jobs successful Wisconsin and Michigan. Lockheed Martin is successful full-rate accumulation and has delivered 11 ships to the U.S. Navy. There are 5 ships successful assorted stages of production.

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