The U.S. Navy is slated to christen the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul constructed by Lockheeed Martin in a ceremony at the company's Marinette, Wis.-facility on June 23. Navy Deputy Undersecretary Jodi Greene will perform the christening as the vessel's sponsor, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
Designated as LCS 21, the Freedom-class USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is built to repel asymmetyric threats and carry out open-ocean and near-shore environment missions. It is the 11th Freedom-class littoral combat ship and is the second platform to assume the name of Minnesota's twin cities.
"The dedication and skilled work of our industry partners have ensured this ship will represent the great city of Minneapolis-Saint Paul and serve our Navy and Marine Corps team for decades to come," said Richard Spencer, secretary at the Navy and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient.