The future USS Detroit (left) under construction in June at Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. Courtesy Marinette Marine

A new littoral combat ship is headed for San Diego after it’s christened this weekend in Wisconsin, the Navy announced Friday.

The ship, which will eventually be home-ported in San Diego, is the seventh Navy vessel named after the Motor City.

“The name Detroit represents so much,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in the statement. “It represents the hard working American shipyard, factory and assembly line workers, and the American spirit of hard work, patriotism and perseverance.”

The Navy is in the process of phasing out its frigates in favor of littoral combat ships, like the Detroit, because they are faster and more maneuverable, especially in more shallow coastal waters. They are also designed to operate alone or with a strike group.

— City News Service

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