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Minneapolis-Saint Paul II (LCS-21)

The second U.S. Navy ship named for Minneapolis/Saint Paul -- known as the “Twin Cities” -- in southeast Minnesota. Saint Paul is also the capital of the state. The first Minneapolis-St. Paul, an attack submarine (SSN-708), served from 1984–2008. 

Two other ships have been named for Minneapolis. The first Minneapolis (Cruiser No. 13) served from 1894–1921. The second, heavy cruiser Minneapolis (CA-36), served from 1934–1947. 

In addition, two ships have been named for St. Paul. The first Saint Paul, a steel passenger liner, retained her mercantile name in United States service, and served as an auxiliary cruiser in 1898 and from 1917–1919. The second, heavy cruiser St. Paul (CA-73), was ordered as Rochester but renamed St. Paul on 26 November 1942, and served from 1945–1971. 

Heavy cruiser Quincy (CA-71) was laid down on 9 October 1941 as St. Paul, but was renamed on 16 October 1942, prior to launching, to perpetuate the name of the second Quincy (CA-39), a heavy cruiser lost at the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. 


(LCS-21: displacement 3,450; length 387.6'; beam 57.7'; draft 14.1'; speed 40+ knots; complement 45+ augmentees that can include an aviation detachment, maritime security mission package, and a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment; armament 1 Mk 110 57 millimeter gun, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), 2 Mk 44 30 millimeter Bushmaster II guns, and 4 .50 caliber machine guns; aircraft 1 Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk and 1 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout; class Freedom

The Navy awarded Marinette Marine Corp. (Lockheed Martin) the contract to build LCS-21 at Marinette, Wisc., on 29 December 2010; Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the name Minneapolis/St. Paul for LCS-21 on 8 September 2015; she was subsequently renamed Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS-21); laid down on 22 February 2018; and Mrs. Jodi Greene, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy for Policy, is the ship’s sponsor. 

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
26 February 2018

Published: Mon Feb 26 11:21:41 EST 2018