The USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul landed in Duluth on Monday ahead of its commissioning this weekend.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be commissioned at 10 a.m. Saturday before being sent to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., where it will be manned by 140 sailors.
The Freedom-class littoral combat ship was launched and christened on June 15, 2019, by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Before an issue with the propulsion system was detected in the design of the ship class, the commissioning ceremony was scheduled for last spring.
According to the Navy, littoral combat ships are “a quick, agile, mission-focused vessel built to operate in near-shore situations, winning against 21st-century coastal threats.” The Minneapolis-Saint Paul was slated to be the United States’ first anti-submarine warfare littoral combat ship. It’s built for speed and near-shore warfare in shallow water.
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be the second naval warship to bear the names of both cities. From 1984 through 2008, the submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was in service.