February 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

U.S. Navy marks upcoming debut of 6th USS Detroit

John Jamian, left, executive director of Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and ship sponsor Barbara Levin, wife of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, unveil on Friday the crest for the sixth U.S. Naval warship named for the City of Detroit, the USS DETROIT. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)

Detroit — The U.S. Navy held a ceremony Friday to mark the upcoming launch of the sixth warship named for the city of Detroit.

The USS Detroit is under construction at the Lockheed Martin Marinette Shipyard in Marinette, Wis., and will be launched and christened this summer. The Littoral Combat Ship is set to join the fleet in 2016.

At Port Detroit, on the Detroit River, authorities unveiled the ship’s crest Friday.

The British built the first USS Detroit at Malden, Canada, in 1813. The U.S. Navy captured the 12-gunner in the Battle of Lake Erie that year.

A poster shows the USS Detroit. (File image)