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The USS Detroit arrives in Detroit today, Friday the 14th for eight days of tours, VIP visits, celebrations and other events with the actual commissioning ceremony taking place on Saturday the 22nd.

See photos of her arrival HERE.

Following its commissioning, the ship will make its first international port call when it sails across the Detroit River on Monday, October 24th 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,” said John Peracchio, Chair, and USS Detroit Commissioning Committee.

Numerous events, activities and commemorative activities are planned for the ship’s visit in Detroit as well as in Windsor.  Visit the ship’s website for complete daily schedule.

The christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers/Released)

From arrival to departure, the USS DETROIT’s Commissioning Week schedule is chock-full of activities for the crew, sponsors and public.  Following Welcoming Ceremonies on the ship’s arrival, other activities will include: Navy Band performances, tours, luncheons, group visits and receptions.
“The GM Riverwalk will be abuzz with excitement for a week, culminating in the Commissioning Ceremony, after which USS DETROIT will depart for Windsor,” Peracchio said.  “It’s truly going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

A Freedom-class littoral combat ship, the new, high-tech USS DETROIT is the sixth U.S. Navy warship to bear the city’s name.  She is a fast, agile ship designed for a variety of missions in coastal waters as well as humanitarian relief missions.  Capable of open ocean operations, her modular design supports interchangeable mission packages, which will allow the ship to be reconfigured for antisubmarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions as-needed.

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 (video below) by Mrs. Barbara Levin, the ship’s sponsor and wife of long serving, retired United States Senator Carl Levin, during ceremonies at the Marinette Marine Shipyard.  The USS DETROIT will be commissioned on the Detroit, Mich., waterfront on October 22, 2016.

The first USS Detroit to serve in the US Navy started its life as the second warship to be commissioned HMS Detroit by the Royal Navy.  HMS Detroit began construction in January of 1813 at a British naval base in Maiden, Canada.

Welcome Ceremony at Dieppe Gardens, Windsor, Ontario

Monday, October 24, 2016 at Noon

Join Mayor Drew Dilkens, H.M.C.S. Hunter, Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment, Local Veterans, Windsor Port Authority and special guests to help welcome the USS Detroit (LCS 7) and her crew to the City of Windsor. The event features a reading from Windsor’s Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais, a performance by the Windsor Regiment Band, and a First Nations welcome.

Sail Away ~ Departure

Friday, October 28, 2016 (Between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM)

Visit Dieppe Gardens to catch a site of the USS Detroit (LCS 7) and her crew as they embark on their first official voyage across the Great Lakes and beyond.

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