Future USS Detroit completes Navy acceptance trial

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced Friday the future USS Detroit has completed its acceptance trial, the final significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy.

After the ship successfully finished a series of graded demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey July 15, plans are in the works to deliver the ship to Detroit in August and commission it to the Navy later this fall, said John Torrisi, spokesman for Lockheed Martin Corp. that built the ship.

By the end of the year, it will sail to port in San Diego, according to a Navy news release.

The future USS Detroit, or LCS 7, is the fourth steel littoral combat ship and the seventh ship in its class. It was built in Marinette, Wisconsin, and is designed to deal with threats near the shore and can enter waters as shallow as 14 feet.

On average, these types of ships cost $360 million each, Torrisi said.

The ship had improved scores and a lower cost compared with its predecessor, the Navy said.

“Detroit’s performance during acceptance trial is a testament to the hard work of the Marinette workforce. I look forward to placing the ship in the capable hands of her crew later this summer,” Capt. Tom Anderson, the Navy’s LCS program manager, said in the news release.

In the acceptance trial, LCS 7 demonstrated its propulsion plant, ship handling and auxiliary systems, according to the news release. The ship accomplished launch and recovery operations with an inflatable boat, conducted surface and air self-defense as well as detect-to-engage exercises and demonstrated the ship’s maneuverability.

“LCS 7, the future USS Detroit, performed extremely well during her acceptance trials, and we look forward to delivering her to the fleet next month,” said Joe North, Lockheed Martin vice president of littoral ship and systems. “When commissioned, LCS 7 will provide presence where and when needed, with a level of force that will deter and defeat threats.”

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the ship after the city of Detroit because of Michigan’s deep ties to the U.S. Navy and the shipbuilding industry, according to a 2014 Navy news release.

The combat ship can travel at more than 40 knots and provides flexibility for missions, including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, according to the news release.

In California, USS Detroit will meet with its sister ships USS Freedom, USS Fort Worth and USS Milwaukee.

Pending approval, USS Detroit’s commissioning will occur Oct. 22.


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