Mayport Naval Station welcomes USS Detroit
Jacksonville, Fla. — The Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville is welcoming the first of two littoral combat ships.
A ceremony is planned for Friday morning.
The Florida Times-Union reports the USS Milwaukee and USS Detroit will be part of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, which will consist of all the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral ships. The Navy’s Independence-variant ships will be based in San Diego.
The Detroit has been conducting system ship qualification testing since arriving Nov. 23. It was commissioned Oct. 22 in Detroit.
The Milwaukee was commissioned in 2015 and arrived at Mayport in February.
The littoral fleet is designed to operate close to shore with steerable jet propulsion. The newspaper reports the Navy’s plans call for 52 littoral ships and frigates, which means half will be stationed at Mayport.