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LCS-7 Detroit

The Navy commissioned its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, Detroit (LCS 7), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 22 on Detroit's waterfront. Detroit is the sixth U.S. ship in our nation's history to be named in honor of city of Detroit. Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Barbara Levin, wife of former U.S. Senator Carl Levin, served as the ship's sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she gave the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

The LCS class consists of the Freedom variant and Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team, led by Lockheed Martin, has delivered LCS 1 and LCS 3. The Independence variant team, led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works has delivered LCS 2 and LCS 4. Austal USA is the prime contractor for the subsequent even-numbered hulls. There are 12 additional ships currently under construction out of 20 ships contracted under an innovative Block Buy acquisition strategy.

Detroit, the sixth warship named after the city, was built in Marinette, Wis. A keel laying ceremony was held November 2012 and the ship was expected to join the fleet in 2016.

LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.

A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.

The Navy christened the future USS Detroit (LCS 7), the fourth Littoral Combat Ship of the Freedom variant, in a ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, 18 October 2015. Detroit transferred out of the assembly building at Marinette via several hydraulic transfer lifts and was raised into launch position in late June. A ceremonial mast stepping, a tradition in which the ship's sponsor and crew place coins and other memorabilia beneath the mast to be permanently sealed in the installation of the mast, took place Oct. 17. A dramatic side launch of the ship into the Menominee River followed the christening ceremony. After its launch, Detroit will continue to undergo outfitting and testing at Marinette until her expected delivery to the Navy in late 2015 following acceptance trials.

The future Freedom-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) unveiled its official crest during a ceremony at Mariners Park on board Naval Base San Diego, 21 February 2015. The ships First Class Petty Officer Association was in charge of unveiling the crest and explaining its symbolism during the ceremony. tThe background quartering is a partial depiction of the flag of the city of Detroit, said Electricians Mate 1st Class Mishon Syon. The winged tire recalls Detroits long-time connection to the automotive industry.

Cmdr. Michael Wohnhaas, commanding officer PCU Detroit, spoke about how the crew came up with the idea for the crest. We wanted to create a crest that would pay tribute to the great city of Detroit and the ship and crew that bares its name, said Wohnhaas. We feel we accomplished the task. Wohnhaas said a crest unveiling ceremony was also held in the city of Detroit the same day.

None of this would be possible without the talent of the First Class Petty Officer association, said Wohnhaas. Their ideas will live on in the crest long after weve all transferred or retired. Before ending his speech, Wohnhaas updated the crew on the status of the ship. Detroit is about 60 percent complete, with most of our superstructure in place, said Wohnhaas. The name Detroit is now proudly displayed across the stern doors.

Future USS Detroit (LCS 7) successfully concluded its acceptance trial 15 July 2016 after completing a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). The acceptance trial is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, which is planned for this fall. During the trial, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the littoral combat ship (LCS) 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. "Another thorough trial by the Board of Inspection and Survey, and another ship with improved scores and at a lower cost than her predecessor," said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. "Detroit's performance during acceptance trial is a testament to the hard work of the Marinette workforce. I look forward to placing the ship in the capable hands of her crew later this summer."

Following delivery and commissioning in its namesake city of Detroit, LCS 7 would sail to California to be homeported in San Diego with sister ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5).

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