Littoral Combat Ship 21 (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) Completes Acceptance Trials

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Littoral Combat Ship‭ (‬LCS‭) ‬21‭, ‬the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul‭, ‬completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan‭. ‬Trials included a full-power run‭, ‬maneuverability testing‭, ‬and surface and air detect-to-engage demonstrations of the ship’s combat system‭. ‬Major systems and features were demonstrated‭, ‬including aviation support‭, ‬small boat launch handling and recovery and machinery‭ ‬control and automation‭. ‬Now that trials are complete‭, ‬the ship will undergo final outfitting and fine-tuning before delivery to‭ ‬the U.S‭. ‬Navy‭. ‬LCS 21‭ ‬is the eleventh Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin and is slated for delivery to the Navy early next year‭.‬

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

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