USS Detroit commissioning pushed back to October

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — The commissioning ceremony for a U.S. Navy warship that is set to be named after Detroit has been pushed back for a second time.

The USS Detroit Commissioning Committee said the inaugural events for the vessel have been moved from a previously scheduled Sept. 17 date to Oct. 22.

The committee attributed the schedule change to “sea trials and construction schedules” in a post on its website.

“It’s good news/bad news,” said John Peracchio, chairman of the USS Detroit Commissioning Committee, in a statement. “On one hand, we’re excited and can’t wait to see the ship dock at the RenCen, become part of the Detroit and Windsor shoreline — and then make history by being commissioned here in Detroit. On the other hand — the added month adds to the anticipation and gets more people involved.”

The panel said the commissioning ceremony is still set to be held on the Detroit riverfront in front of General Motors’ Renaissance Center headquarters.

The ship that will bear Detroit’s name was christened in October 2014 at the Marinette Marine Shipyard on the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. The ship is being sponsored by Barbara Levin, the wife of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan.

The ship’s home port is scheduled to be San Diego.

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