The commissioning of the USS DETROIT is October 22 the RiverWalk at the Renaissance Center. It promises to be a day to remember. Tickets are free and the response has been overwhelming so get your name on the waiting list now.
You can sign up at http://www.ussdetroitlcs7.com/
There will be many chances to see the ship. It will arrive in Detroit on Friday, October 14 for eight days of tours, VIP visits, celebrations and other events. There will be a welcoming ceremony as well as Navy Band performances, tours, luncheons, group visits and receptions.
Following its commissioning, the ship will make its first international port call when it sails across the Detroit River on Monday, October 24 to spend four days in Windsor, Ontario.
“A lot of people have put a lot of effort into planning and activities for this historic event, and although we’ve been focused on the date for some time, the Secretary of the Navy’s announcement makes it official – and that’s a huge relief for everyone involved,” says John Peracchio, chair, and USS Detroit Commissioning Committee.
The USS DETROIT is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship and the sixth U.S. Navy warship to bear the city’s name.
It is a fast, agile ship designed for a variety of missions in coastal waters as well as humanitarian relief missions. The ship is capable of open ocean operations and the modular design supports interchangeable mission packages so it can be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions as-needed.
It will be the first USS DETROIT to be commissioned on the Detroit waterfront, but not the first to sail the Great Lakes. That honor goes to the first USS DETROIT, a 12-gun ship built by the British at Malden, Canada, in 1813.
A previous USS DETROIT (CL 8), a light cruiser, was one of the few ships to get underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor and earned six Battle Stars during WWII. She was moored with the battleship USS MISSOURI during the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay in 1945.
The new USS DETROIT was launched and christened on October 18, 2014 by Mrs. Barbara Levin, the ship’s sponsor and wife of retired United States Senator Carl Levin, during ceremonies at the Marinette Marine Shipyard.