USS Detroit commissioned in namesake city

161022-N-N0101-122 DETROIT (Oct. 22, 2016) The crew of the Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

The crew of the Navy’s Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7), brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

The crew of USS Detroit (LCS 7) brought its ship to life before a crowd of nearly 6,500 in front of the iconic General Motors building at the Port of Detroit.

The ship was officially placed in commission by Adm. Phil Davidson, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, who said: “When a ship is commissioned, she is placed in service of the American people and is given the charge to do one thing: to execute the Navy’s mission—to be prepared to conduct prompt, sustained combat incident to operations at sea.”

U.S. Navy ships are rarely commissioned in the city for which they are named. As such, the State of Michigan was well represented during the event by Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder; Mayor of Detroit, Mike Duggan; and U.S. Senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.

Stabenow said the commissioning was taking place “on a Pure Michigan day” and thanked USS Detroit’s crew for the years of hard work leading up to the culminating event.

Davidson acknowledged the ship’s crew and recognized that everybody involved with the ship has a connection to something bigger than themselves.

“Today is about service—the service of this fine ship, those who designed and built her, those who will support her throughout her lifetime and the sailors and officers who will make her realize her full combat capability,” he said.

The ship’s sponsor, Barbara Levin, a Detroit native and wife of former U.S. Senator, Carl Levin, gave the order to “man our ship and bring her to life.”

USS Detroit (LCS 7) is the sixth U.S. ship to be named for the city of Detroit. The 378-foot Detroit was constructed at Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin.

The captain of LCS 7 is Cmdr. Michael P. Desmond, who stated: “USS Detroit is truly blessed to have the opportunity to commission in its namesake city. The ship and the city of Detroit have already established a relationship that will last decades.”

Maritime Editorial