The Navy on Saturday commissioned its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship in preparation for a journey to its new home port of San Diego.
The USS Detroit, the sixth ship to bear the Michigan city’s name, was commissioned in a ceremony on Detroit’s waterfront.
“This ship represents so much. It represents the city of Detroit, the motor city. It represents the highly-skilled American workers of our nation’s industrial base, the men and women who built this great warship and it represents the American spirit of hard work, patriotism and perseverance,” said the Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy.
In San Diego last Wednesday, Mabus defended the troubled littoral program. The first ships have suffered breakdowns, but the Navy plans to build 52 in two variants.
The USS Detroit is a fast, agile warship for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.
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