How to see the USS Detroit in Detroit

Jim Lynch, The Detroit News

Detroit — Getting to see the USS Detroit when it arrives here for several days of commissioning events won’t be the hard part — it’s 389 feet long and will be parked along the Riverwalk behind the Renaissance Center.

Public tours of the USS Detroit, front, will be conducted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday. But being on hand between those hours is no guarantee of being able to go aboard.

Getting a free tour of the new Freedom-class littoral combat ship might be a little trickier after it arrives on Friday.

Public tours of the vessel will be conducted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the USS Detroit’s commissioning committee. And being on hand between those hours is no guarantee of being able to go aboard.

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The ship will be surrounded by a security fence with an opening entry point, which is where the public tour line will form.

A picture ID is required while large bags, weapons and alcohol are prohibited. The tour also cannot accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

According to the committee: “Tours ... will be cut off at 5 p.m. at the discretion of the captain and crew, even if you are already in line at that time. The crew must prepare for nighttime activities and commitments.”

Tours will also be available following a reception dinner planned for Sunday, as well as the commissioning ceremony on Oct. 22 — but only to those who are ticket-holders for those events. And those tickets have all been spoken for.

Additional private tours have been made available to some preselected veterans and school groups.

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