2021 EVENT INFORMATION

February 1, 2021

In 2021, there are two major events that our crew originally planned on participating in:

The 2021 Reunion of the Ship's Crew will take place in Mobile, Alabama.

and

The Commissioning Ceremony for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), to be held in Duluth. We were invited personally by the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi Greene to participate in the events and ceremony.

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Linked below is a letter from the Executive Board expanding on information leading up to the Commissioning Ceremony.

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Since our current pandemic has been disrupting our nation and world with a deadly virus many events have been either postponed or cancelled. Sadly, our Reunion in Mobile, Alabama is one of those events that has been indefinitely postponed. The Executive Board decided on the side of caution and safety for our membership to take this action. The health and safety of the crew is first and foremost in the minds of the Board.

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The status of the Commissioning event in Duluth is currently on hold. The Executive Board and the Reunion Committee have been, and will continue to be, in contact with the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy. The following statement was received from CDR Adam Walker, USN, Executive Assistant, Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy on February 1, 2021:

“The Navy has confirmed that the commissioning of the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) remains on hold until the ship is available for delivery to the Navy. A recent Freedom class design defect associated with bearings in the combining gear’s high-speed clutch has industry and the Navy team pursuing a design fix for ships under construction as well as several of the ships that entered the Fleet. Once a delivery plan is established, the Navy will work with the cities of Duluth, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul to identify a commissioning date that works for all stakeholders.”

If you'd like to read more information about the gear defect described above, click on this link:

https://news.usni.org/2021/01/19/navy-calls-freedom-lcs-propulsion-problem-class-wide-defect-wont-take-new-ships-until-fixed?fbclid=IwAR1ywK6F5n7uhbXlXtdRz90AgWs8FXZj8UbHC_4qxCXIpySbCYA0d-se3bk

The Board is moving forward with the understanding that the event is still going to be held, but that a date has not been set by the Navy. We will communicate with you when that status changes.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11stEWz0NvUigpXCXnAEPGn0CjsGRlMg0/view?usp=sharing

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2021 USS Duluth Reunion Location Voting Results

You can view and/or download the results of the voting, by clicking on the button below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wGufO70jlDDvyD93GjT530YmcwHYAw-c/view?usp=sharing

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The USS Duluth Crewmembers Association Executive Board offers their sincere gratitude to everyone who took the time to vote and provide their ideas & comments.

A lot of time and work was expended in researching background information - hotels, activities, etc. for each of the locations on the ballot for vote. To read and/or download the information, click on the button below.

The information about the selected location, Mobile, Alabama, begins on Page One:

2021 Reunion Ballot info