The US Navy’s latest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS 21) will be named as USS Minneapolis / St Paul, navy secretary Ray Mabus has announced.
The new vessel will be named in honour of the citizens of Minnesota’s Twin Cities who have a long and proud history of naval service.
LCS 21 will be the second ship to bear the name, while the first was a submarine that was commissioned in 1984.
The vessel will feature a modular design that incorporates mission packages, which can be changed as per requirements in different regions.
These packages will be supported by detachments that deploy both manned and unmanned vehicles, as well as sensors in support of mine, undersea, and surface warfare missions.
The 388ft-long vessel will able to cruise at speeds of more than 40k and is designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.
The fast, highly manoeuvrable, networked surface combat ship is a specialised variant of the family of US future surface combat ships known as DD(X).
The LCS-class consists of the Freedom and Independence variants, which are being developed by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics (GD), respectively.
Recently, the US Navy received its new Independence-class littoral combat ship, the future USS Jackson (LCS 6), from Austal USA shipyard.
The new 127m-long, high-speed, highly manoeuvrable combat ship, USS Jackson, has a full-load displacement of 2,637t, an operational range of 4,300nm, and is capable of cruising at a speed of 40k.