As part of the Duluth Navy Week celebrations (July 15-21), the U.S. Navy made the announcement that the Zenith City has been selected as the city in which the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul will be commissioned.  The news came in dual releases from both the USS Minneapolis-St Paul Commissioning Team and the City of Duluth.

Historically-speaking, the USS Minneapolis Saint Paul will be the first U.S. Navy ship commissioned in the State of Minnesota, making it also  the first to occur in Duluth.  Duluth Mayor Emily Larson had this to say in an official press release:

"The City of Duluth is honored to be selected to commission the USS Minneapolis – Saint Paul. This is a historic day for Duluth and Minnesota. There are 277 ships in the Navy, only 52 of those are named after cities, of which 39 are submarines. This ship will sail the world with pride, honoring the commitment Minnesotans have given to the Navy.”

Currently, a date for the commissioning hasn't been released.  Follow the USS Minneapolis Saint Paul Commissioning Team on Facebook for all the details.