Wednesday, November 30, 2022

U.S. Navy’s newest LCS 21 littoral combat ship prepares for christening

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp on Tuesday announced that the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), has officially left the building.

The future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul was transferred out of the construction bay and to the riverfront in preparation for her christening ceremony and launch.  On Saturday the new Littoral Combat Ship will be christened and launched.

The Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a resilient flexible warship, designed from the keel up to affordably take on new capabilities – from the most advanced sensors, to the latest missiles, to cutting-edge cyber systems. Its speed, strength and versatility make it a critical tool to help our Sailors achieve the mission.


The company’s website said the Freedom-variant LCS meets and exceeds the survivability requirements for the three ship classes it will replace. Lockheed Martin’s LCS design has already proven its value – evidenced by the successful Southeast Asia deployment and continued trials with other Freedom-variant ships.

LCS is a highly maneuverable, lethal and adaptable ship designed to support focused mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions. The Freedom-variant LCS integrates new technology and capability to affordably support current and future mission capability from deep water to the littorals.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Lockheed Martin-led team builds the odd-numbered hulls. The Independence variant team is led by Austal USA, Mobile, Alabama.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it:

You can also make a donation to the Ukrainian charity fund to show your support for Ukrainian freedom, here's where to do it: Come Back Alive Foundation

Executive Editor

About this Author

Dylan Malyasov
Defense journalist and commentator. Aviation photographer. Dylan leads Defence Blog's coverage of global military news, focusing on engineering and technology across the U.S. defense industry.