Something new is on the horizon!
The USS Detroit has just completed its acceptance trials — a necessary step before it can be presented to the US Navy. So far, it has proved itself on launch and recovery missions and surface and self-defense exercises.
This ship is the fourth steel littoral combat ship and seventh in its class (LCS 7) — able to operate in as little as 14 feet of water — and is only 389 feet long. Size doesn’t mean a thing here! It can travel at 40-plus knots and is capable of being configured for submarine warfare, surface or anti-surface warfare and mine countermeasures.
Joe North, Vice President of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin was quoted in The Detroit News as saying, “When commissioned, LCS 7 will provide presence where and when needed, with a level of force that will deter and defeat threats.”
It is capable of carrying two MH-60R Romeo helicopters — or one manned helicopter and three unmanned helicopters.
After commissioning, the USS Detroit (LCS 7) will sail to its new home port in San Diego, where it meet with its sister ships USS Freedom, USS Fort Worth and USS Milwaukee.
On board the USS Kitty Hawk on June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy once said:
“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction. ‘I served in the United States Navy.’”
To those who will proudly serve her:
“May the wind always be at your back and the sun always upon your face.“
[Reference credits to: Breana Noble, The Detroit News, Beth Dalbey, patch.com; Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press]