After 17 locks, 5 Nice Lakes, 4 port visits, and tons of of miles traveled later, USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) eventually arrived within the Atlantic Ocean, persevering with its voyage to its future homeport, Mayport, Florida. The street to make it to the Atlantic Ocean included months of preparation from the crew. In lower than two months after transfer aboard in March, the crew licensed in a number of mission areas required to securely function and get underway together with: Search and Rescue, Navigation, Injury Management, Communications and Cyber, and handed its preliminary Engineering Gentle Off Evaluation.

“It was humbling to be part of a ceremony that was so essential to so many individuals and to be a small a part of the historical past of this ship is actually an honor,” stated Lt. Joseph Varello, the ship’s Electronics Supplies Officer, who was chosen as each the Commissioning Coordinator and likewise the commissioning ceremony ceremonial Officer of the Deck.


U.S. Navy Freedom-class Littoral Fight Ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21)

Every evolution, though involving totally different departments on the ship, required cautious coordination and assist from every division and Sailor onboard and was vital for the crew to have the ability to set sail from Escanaba, Michigan in direction of the location of its commissioning ceremony in Duluth, Minnesota. On Could 21, the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Jodi Greene, gave the order for the crew to “man the ship and convey her to life.” Amongst tons of of onlookers, the ship made it’s a lot anticipated transition from pre-commissioned unit to United States Ship.

After the commissioning festivities concluded, the ship started her transit eastward. Alongside the best way, she stopped in Cleveland, Ohio, Quebec Metropolis, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia for refueling, shops replenishment and liberty for the crew. With just a few stops remaining earlier than the ship arrives in Jacksonville, the crew is eagerly awaiting returning to their households and able to tackle the subsequent challenges that may come their approach because the Navy’s latest warship.