USS Detroit (LCS-7)

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USS Detroit during christening
United States
Name: Detroit
Namesake: Detroit, Michigan
Awarded: 17 March 2011[1]
Builder: Marinette Marine[1]
Laid down: 8 November 2012
Launched: 18 October 2014[2]
Sponsored by: Mrs. Barbara Levin[2] (Wife of Senator Carl Levin)
Christened: 18 October 2014
Commissioned: 22 October 2016[3]
Homeport: Naval Station Mayport[1]
Status: Active
Badge: USS Detroit LCS-7 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Freedom-class littoral combat ship
Displacement: 3,500 metric tons (3,900 short tons) full load[4]
Length: 378.3 ft (115.3 m)[1]
Beam: 57.4 ft (17.5 m)[1]
Draft: 13.0 ft (3.7 m)[1]
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, 2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines, 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed: 40 knots (46 mph) (sea state 3)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)[5]
Endurance: 21 days (336 hours)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
Complement: 15 to 50 core crew, 75 mission crew (Blue and Gold crews)
Aircraft carried:
Notes: Electrical power is provided by 4 Isotta Fraschini V1708 diesel engines with Hitzinger generator units rated at 800 kW each.

USS Detroit (LCS-7) is the fourth Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.[6] The ceremonial “laying of the keel” was in early November 2012 at the Marinette Marine shipyards in Marinette, Wisconsin.[7] The ship was launched on 18 October 2014.[2]

The US Navy accepted Detroit into service on 16 August 2016; the ship was commissioned on 22 October 2016.[8][3]

Service history[edit]

On 30 December 2016, Detroit particiapted in a homeport shift ceremony that took place at Naval Station Mayport. The ship was previously based out of Naval Base San Deigo.[9] On 13 January 2017, Detroit completed her first ever flight deck evolutions in order to certify the flight deck for future air operations. The landings and VERTREP were conducted by the "World Famous Swamp Foxes" of HSM-74.

On 8 March 2017, Detroit fired a vertical-launched AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the first such launch from a littoral combat ship.[10] The Hellfire system is meant to engage small vessels and strike targets on land.


USS Detroit with its namesake in the background

Detroit is the sixth ship to be named after the city of Detroit, Michigan.[1][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "USS Detroit (LCS-7)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Phelps, Nathan (18 October 2014). "Future USS Detroit christened, launched". Green Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "USS Detroit Commissioned in Namesake City" (Press release). United States Navy. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Littoral Combat Ship Class (LCS)". America's Navy. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "LCS Littoral Combat Ship". Program Executive Office, Ships. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Marinette Marine receives $376M Navy contract". Milwaukee Business Journal. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Levin, Carl (9 November 2012). "USS Detroit Is Important to a City and a Nation". Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Navy accepts new Littoral Combat Ship". 
  9. ^ Daraskevich J (30 December 2016). "Mayport Officials Welcome 2 New Littoral Combat Ships". Florida Times Union. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Maass, Ryan (8 March 2017). "U.S. Navy test fires surface to surface missile module". 
  11. ^ "Announcement of LCS 5 and LCS 7 Names" (PDF). United States Navy. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

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