USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul arrives in Duluth
The U.S. Navy is scheduled to commission the ship on Saturday.
DULUTH — A naval ship to be commissioned by the U.S. Navy arrived in the port Monday morning.
The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is scheduled for commissioning at 10 a.m. Saturday before it is moved to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, where it will have a crew of 140 sailors, the News Tribune first reported in 2020.
Built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, the Freedom-class littoral combat ship was launched and christened June 15, 2019.
Littoral combat ships are "a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats," according to a press release from the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The USS Minneapolis St. Paul was expected to become the first anti-submarine warfare littoral combat ship in the U.S. naval fleet. It is designed for speed and shallow-water, near-shore combat.
The Navy League described anti-submarine warfare as a "branch of underwater warfare that uses surface warships, aircraft or other submarines to find, track and deter, damage or destroy enemy submarines."