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The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of the future USS Detroit during a ceremony on August 12 at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Detroit is the eighth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy and the fourth Freedom variant to join the fleet.

LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The USS Detroit is the seventh ship in a long line to be named for our humble town.

Captain Warren R. Buller II, commander LCS Squadron, welcomed Detroit to the fleet.

“We are pleased to receive the future USS Detroit into the LCS class,” Buller said. “Detroit will be the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy honored to carry the name of this great American city, and will soon be joining her sister littoral combat ships operating with the fleet in critical missions around the globe.”

The squadron supports the operational commanders with warships ready for tasking by manning, training, equipping, and maintaining the ships in the fleet.

Detroit’s delivery is the final milestone before its commission, which is planned for October here in Detroit. Did you miss the first few milestones? Check them out here and here.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the life of the future USS Detroit, an exceptional ship which will conduct anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasures operations around the globe with ever-increasing mission package capability,” said LCS Program Manager Capt. Tom Anderson. “I look forward to seeing Detroit join her sister ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) this fall.”

While we wait for the arrival of the USS Detroit in our own waters, check out the Storied History of the Six Ships Named USS Detroit.