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.
“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
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.
In 1923, another cruiser was commissioned and served throughout World War II, earning six battle stars.
The most recent ship named Detroit was a fast combat support ship that served from 1969 to 2005.
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.[inlinetweet prefix=”From @USNavy Live blog: ” tweeter=”” suffix=”, #USSDetroit #PlatformsMatter”]USS Detroit (LCS 7) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform[/inlinetweet] 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.
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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