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DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

USS Detroit (LCS 7) Joins Navy’s Fleet

Welcome to the U.S. Navy’s fleet, USS Detroit (LCS 7)!

Our newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship was commissioned during a ceremony Oct. 22, 2016, on the waterfront of the ship’s namesake city.

The view of USS Detroit (LCS 7) on Detroit’s waterfront as seen from Windsor, Ontario, on Oct. 21. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
The view of USS Detroit (LCS 7) on Detroit’s waterfront as seen from Windsor, Ontario, on Oct. 21. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

 

“This ship represents so much. It represents the city of Detroit, the motor city. It represents the highly-skilled American workers of our nation’s industrial base, the men and women who built this great warship and it represents the American spirit of hard work, patriotism and perseverance. The USS Detroit will carry these values around the world for decades to come as the newest ship in our nation’s growing fleet.”
– Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)
DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photos and video courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship in our nation’s history to be named in honor of city of Detroit.

The first USS Detroit was a British sloop of war captured by the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812. The screw sloop of war Canandaigua was renamed Detroit for a brief time in 1869, but returned to her original name that year. A turn of the century cruiser served for nearly 15 years.

USS Detroit (C 10) circa 1893-1911. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of
USS Detroit (C 10) circa 1893-1911. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institution/Released)

In 1923, another cruiser was commissioned and served throughout World War II, earning six battle stars.

USS Detroit (CL 8) off Port Angeles, Washington, March 22, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
USS Detroit (CL 8) off Port Angeles, Washington, March 22, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

The most recent ship named Detroit was a fast combat support ship that served from 1969 to 2005.

The fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE 4) breaks away following an underway replenishment with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the North Sea, July 1, 2004. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Alex J. Recalde Jr./Released)
The fast combat support ship USS Detroit (AOE 4) breaks away following an underway replenishment with USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in the North Sea, July 1, 2004. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Alex J. Recalde Jr./Released)

USS Detroit (LCS 7) successfully concluded its acceptance trial July 15 after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

The acceptance trial was the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the littoral combat ship intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, shiphandling and auxiliary systems. While underway, the ship successfully performed launch and recovery operations of the 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat, conducted surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises, and demonstrated the ship’s maneuverability.

LCS-7, the fourth littoral combat ship of the Freedom variant, was christened Oct. 18, 2014,  in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Ship's sponsor Barbara Levin breaks a bottle of champagne across LCS-7’s bow during the ship’s christening ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/Released)
Ship’s sponsor Barbara Levin breaks a bottle of champagne across LCS-7’s bow during the ship’s christening ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/Released)
USS Detroit (LCS 7) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

MARINETTE, Wisconsin (July 14, 2016) The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin-Michael Rote/Released)
MARINETTE, Wisconsin (July 14, 2016) The future USS Detroit (LCS 7) conducts acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin-Michael Rote/Released)

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. Each LCS seaframe will be outfitted with a single mission package made up of mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated ship crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

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