A future U.S. Navy combat ship completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan over the weekend setting the stage for it to be commissioned in 2021.
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 21, the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, passed several trials including 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. The ship is now set to 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.
"LCS 21 joins a fleet of sister ships delivering unique flexibility and capability to the U.S. Navy," said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager, Small Combatants and Ship Systems. "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. On LCS 21's acceptance trials, we successfully tested the ship's maneuverability, automation and core combat capability."
The ship is designed to support mine countermeasures and anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. It is equipped with Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30 mm guns and manned and unmanned vehicles.
Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute are also onboard. The ship features gas turbines, diesel engines and water jets that together generate 114,000 horsepower making her capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.
The Freedom-variant LCS has completed four successful deployments, including LCS 7 (USS Detroit)'s deployment completed this summer.
LCS 7 deployed to the U.S. Southern Command supporting the Martillo campaign – a multinational effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in Central American coastal waters.
“LCS has proven to be an effective and adaptable platform capable of multiple missions in our area of responsibility,” said U.S. Southern Commander Admiral Craig Faller.
“It has become an end-game enabler for U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement authorities who disrupt transnational criminal organizations and the smuggling of deadly narcotics. Adding the LCS to our Enhanced Counter Narcotics Operation is helping save lives.”
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