Detroit Commissioning

The U.S. Navy commissioned the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – USS Detroit (LCS-7) – on the Detroit River, officially placing the ship designed and constructed by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team into active service.

Sailors assigned to the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) man their ship and bring her life during the commissioning ceremony on the Detroit River on October 22 (Photo credit: Lockheed Martin)
Sailors assigned to the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) man their ship and bring her life during the commissioning ceremony on the Detroit River on October 22 (Photo credit: Lockheed Martin)

USS Detroit (LCS-7), the fourth Freedom-variant in the LCS class, completed acceptance trials in July and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on August 12. It joins three other Freedom-variant ships in the fleet: USS Freedom (LCS-1), USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) and USS Milwaukee (LCS-5). Collectively, Freedom-variant ships have sailed over 225,000 nautical miles/258,925 miles/416,700 km and successfully completed two overseas deployments.

«The entire Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is honored to have delivered USS Detroit and witness the ship being commissioned and brought to life in her namesake city». said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems. «For decades to come, USS Detroit will serve in the defense of our great nation, enabling the U.S. Navy to carry out its missions around the world and representing our nation where and when needed».

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant, with six ships under construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and three more in long-lead material procurement. The ship’s modular design and affordable price enables the U.S. Navy to provide presence where and when needed at a fraction of the cost of other platforms.

USS Detroit (LCS-7) is the sixth U.S. Navy ship named USS Detroit. Previous ships to bear the name included a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, an Omaha-class light cruiser, a Montgomery-class cruiser and two 19th century sloops of war.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states. The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull is based on a proven, survivable design recognized for its stability and reliability. With 40 percent reconfigurable shipboard space, the hull is ideally suited to accommodate additional lethality and survivability upgrades associated with the Freedom-variant Frigate.

The future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) is pierside on Detroit's waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on October 22, 2016. 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 future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) is pierside on Detroit’s waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on October 22, 2016. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin/Released)

 

Ship Design Specifications

Hull Advanced semiplaning steel monohull
Length Overall 389 feet/118.6 m
Beam Overall 57 feet/17.5 m
Draft 13.5 feet/4.1 m
Full Load Displacement Approximately 3,200 metric tons
Top Speed Greater than 40 knots/46 mph/74 km/h
Range at top speed 1,000 NM/1,151 miles/1,852 km
Range at cruise speed 4,000 NM/4,603 miles/7,408 km
Watercraft Launch and Recovery Up to Sea State 4
Aircraft Launch and Recovery Up to Sea State 5
Propulsion Combined diesel and gas turbine with steerable water jet propulsion
Power 85 MW/113,600 horsepower
Hangar Space Two MH-60 Romeo Helicopters
One MH-60 Romeo Helicopter and three Vertical Take-off and Land Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicles (VTUAVs)
Core Crew Less than 50
Accommodations for 75 sailors provide higher sailor quality of life than current fleet
Integrated Bridge System Fully digital nautical charts are interfaced to ship sensors to support safe ship operation
Core Self-Defense Suite Includes 3D air search radar
Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) gunfire control system
Rolling-Airframe Missile Launching System
57-mm Main Gun
Mine, Torpedo Detection
Decoy Launching System
The future USS Detroit (LCS-7) conducts acceptance trials. Acceptance trials were the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy (U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin-Michael Rote/Released)
The future USS Detroit (LCS-7) conducts acceptance trials. Acceptance trials were the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy (U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin-Michael Rote/Released)

 

Freedom-class

Ship Laid down Launched Commissioned Homeport
USS Freedom (LCS-1) 06-02-2005 09-23-2006 11-08-2008 San Diego, California
USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) 07-11-2009 12-07-2010 09-22-2012 San Diego, California
USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) 10-27-2011 12-18-2013 11-21-2015 San Diego, California
USS Detroit (LCS-7) 08-11-2012 10-18-2014 10-22-2016 San Diego, California
USS Little Rock (LCS-9) 06-27-2013 07-18-2015
USS Sioux City (LCS-11) 02-19-2014 01-30-2016
USS Wichita (LCS-13) 02-09-2015 09-17-2016
USS Billings (LCS-15) 11-02-2015
USS Indianapolis (LCS-17) 07-18-2016
USS St. Louis (LCS-19)
USS Minneapolis/St. Paul (LCS-21)
USS Cooperstown (LCS-23)
USS Marinette LCS-25

USS Detroit Crew Brings LCS-7 to Life

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