Newly Commissioned USS Minneapolis-St. Paul Rescues Boater
St. Lawrence River (KROC-AM News) - The newly commissioned USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was recently involved in a rescue operation on the St. Lawrence River.
Shortly after the brand new combat ship was commissioned during the ceremony in Duluth, the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was navigating the St. Lawrence River during its journey to its home port in Florida when the crew received a notice that a motor vessel was taking on water near the Cat Island Shoals in northern New York. According to a news release from the U.S. Navy, the warship diverted its course and deployed a rigid-the hall inflatable boat to rescue "a stranded mariner."
“Our ship’s motto is ‘I will either find a way or make one’,” said Cmdr. Alfonza White, Commanding Officer of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. “I’m incredibly proud of the Sailors aboard Minneapolis-Saint Paul whose actions reflected that ideal today.
The incident occurred on June 3. The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul is the second naval ship named to honor the Twin Cities. It is a Littoral Class Combat Ship the Navy describes as "a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed operating near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats."