US Navy’s LCS 21 completes acceptance trials

25 August 2020 (Last Updated August 25th, 2020 13:01)

Lockheed Martin has announced that the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21 of the US Navy has completed its acceptance trials in Lake Michigan.

US Navy’s LCS 21 completes acceptance trials
Littoral Combat Ship 21 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul), the 11th Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin has announced that the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21 of the US Navy has completed its acceptance trials in Lake Michigan.

LCS 21 was the second naval vessel to be named after Minnesota’s Twin Cities and the 11th Freedom-class ship built by Lockheed Martin.

The trials included full-power run, manoeuvrability testing, and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the combat system of the ship.

During the trial, major systems and features were showcased, including aviation support, small boat launch handling and recovery, and machinery control and automation.

With the completion of the trials, the ship will be outfitted and fine-tuned prior to its delivery to the US Navy.

The vessel has the ability to aid mine countermeasures, anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. The LCS can also be modified to support the future and evolving missions.

It offers flexibility and is lethal, powerful and automated.

Lockheed Martin Small Combatants and Ship Systems vice-president and general manager Joe DePietro said: “LCS 21 joins a fleet of sister ships delivering unique flexibility and capability to the US Navy.

“Freedom-variant LCS are inherently capable to serve freedom of navigation, drug interdiction and humanitarian missions, and with additional capabilities onboard, they can serve further focused missions.

“On LCS 21’s acceptance trials, we successfully tested the ship’s manoeuvrability, automation and core combat capability.”

In June last year, the US Navy christened the USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21). The keel laying for the ship was performed in February 2018.