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Don McGrogan,
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

Detroit (LCS 7)


"Swift Vigilance"
Specifications - LCS Littoral Combat Ship - Freedom Class (Variant 1, Flight 0, first generation):
Hull Type: Semi-planing Monohull
Displacement: 2135 tons (light), 2862 tons (full) Dead Weight: 727 tons
Length: 324 (wl), 378.9' (oa)
Beam: 43' (wl), 57' (extreme)
Draft: 13' (navigational), 14' (draft limit)
Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbines, FM Colt-Pielstick 16PA6B STC diesel engines driving four Rolls-Royce waterjets
Auxiliary Power: Four Isotta Fraschini Model V1708 ship service diesel generator sets
Speed: 45 kts
Armament: BAE Systems Land and Armaments Mk110 57mm naval gun system
Combat Management System: Lockheed Martin open architecture COMBATSS-21
Electronics: EADS TRS-3D C-band radar (air / surface surveillance, weapon assignment)
Decoy System: Soft-Kill Weapon System (SKWS) decoy launcher from Terma A/S of Denmark
Complement: 26
Detroit (LCS 7) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 March 2011: Contract Awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. for $376.6 million
  • 18 March 2011: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced LCS 7 will be named USS Detroit
  • 11 August 2012: Keel laid at Marinette Marine Shipyard, Marinette, Wis.; keel authenticated by sponsor Barbara Levin, wife of Michigan Senator Carl Levin
  • 18 October 2014: Launched, christened by sponsor Barbara Levin
  • 12 August 2016: Delivered to U.S. Navy custody, the ship is now under the direction of Commander, LCS Squadron One
  • 22 October 2016: Commissioned at the Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan; Commander Michael P. Desmond (LCS Crew 103) in command, assigned to LCS Squadron One at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 December 2016: Welcome Ceremony held at Naval Station Mayport, homeport reassigned to LCS Squadron 2 at Mayport, Fla.

    Note:
    1.) The contract option awarded to Lockheed Martin Corporation is managed by Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors division in Moorestown, N.J. The Lockheed Martin team includes: Marinette Marine shipyard, Bollinger Shipyards, Gibbs and Cox naval architects, Izar of Spain and Blohm & Voss naval shipbuilders.

    2.) The contract option awarded to General Dynamics is managed by Bath Iron Works at Bath ME. The major members of General Dynamics team are: Austal USA, based in Mobile AL; BAE Systems, Rockville MD; Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, Baltimore MD; CAE Marine Systems, Leesburg VA; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Baltimore MD; General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington VT; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton CT; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Washington DC; and General Dynamics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

    "Detroit, The Ship"     -    "Detroit, The People"

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    Freedom 172k 27 May 2004: Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Navy announced today that Lockheed Martin Corporation - Maritime Systems & Sensors Division, Moorestown, N.J., will be one of two defense contracting teams awarded contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The LCS is an entirely new breed of U.S. Navy warship. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS's modular, focused-mission design will provide Combatant Commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force. LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions including, Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).
    (Artist concept provided to the U.S. Navy courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Photo #040527-O-0000L-003, from the Navy News Stand)
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    Detroit 172k 10 October 2011: Detroit, Mich. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus celebrate the naming of the seventh littoral combat ship, USS Detroit, during a press conference on the Detroit international riverfront. Maybus was joined by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, members of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority and sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Detroit and Navy Recruiting District Michigan.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111010-N-SQ656-963 by Lt.(jg) Kristine Volk from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Center)
    Detroit 172k 21 February 2014: San Diego, Cal. - A sailor unveils the crest of the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) during a ceremony. Detroit is under construction and is approximately 60 percent complete.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140221-N-KB426-058 by MC3 James Vazquez from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Center)
    Detroit 172k 27 June 2014: Marinette, Wis. - A three photo series of Detroit being moved from the Fabrication Building to the launch cradle on the bank of the Menominee River.
    (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Fincantiere Marinette Marine)
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    Detroit 172k 18 October 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141018-N-AC887-001 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 172k 18 October 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Ship's sponsor Barbara Levin breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141018-N-AC887-002 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 263k 18 October 2014: Marinette, Wis. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks with media after the christening ceremony of the future littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141018-N-AC887-003 by MCC Sam Shavers from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 484k 14 July 2016: Marinette, Wisc. - Two views of the future USS Detroit (LCS 7) as she conducts acceptance trials. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy.
    (U.S. Navy photo #160714-N-DM751-001 and #160714-N-DM751-003 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, Michael Rote from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
    Lcdr, USN (ret.)
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    Detroit 505k 21 October 2016: Detroit, Mich. - The future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is pierside on Detroit's waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on 22 Oct. 2016. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of city of Detroit.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161021-N-N0101-001 courtesy of Lockheed Martin from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 505k 21 October 2016: Windsor, Ontario - Taken from across the river in Canada, the future Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Detroit is pierside on Detroit's waterfront in preparation for its commissioning on 22 Oct. 2016.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161021-N-N0101-100 courtesy of Lockheed Martin from the Navy News Stand)
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    22 October 2016: Detroit, Mich. - A series of commissioning photos beginning with ship's sponsor Mrs. Barbra Levin, wife of Senator Carl Levin and a Detroit native, giving the command to "Bring the ship to life!" and ending with Cmdr. Michael Desmond reporting to Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Philip Davidson, that the ship is "Manned and ready."
    (U.S. Navy photo #161022-N-VP310-268, 161022-N-VP310-321 by MC1 Richard Hoffner, #161022-N-N0101-122, 161022-N-N0101-100, 161022-N-N0101-111, 161022-N-N0101-101 courtesy of Lockheed Martin, from the Navy News Stand)
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    Detroit 213k 22 October 2016: Detroit, Mich. - The national ensign flies over the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit after the ship's commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161022-N-N0101-104 courtesy of Lockheed Martin from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 305k 23 November 2016: Mayport, Fla. - Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) arrives at new home port at Naval Station Mayport after completing her maiden voyage from Detroit, where the ship was commissioned on 22 October.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161123-N-TP832-016 and #161123-N-TP832-055 by MCSN Michael Lopez from the Navy News Stand)
    Lee Wahler
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    Milwaukee / Detroit 213k 30 December 2016: Mayport, Fla. - The official party salutes as the National Anthem is sung during the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 homeport shift ceremony to welcome USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) as LCSRON 2 assets onboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport. As the immediate Superior in Command of littoral combat ships home ported at NAVSTA Mayport, LCSRON 2 is responsible for the training, readiness, maintenance and support of assigned ships.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #161230-N-TP832-049, by MC3 Michael Lopez from the Navy News Stand)
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    Milwaukee / Detroit 306k 30 December 2016: Mayport, Fla. - Rear Adm. Sean Buck, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet, speaks at a ceremony welcoming the Freedom-variant littoral combat ships USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and USS Detroit (LCS 7) to Mayport, Fla.
    (U.S. Navy Photo #161230-N-PI800-008, by Cmdr. Erik Reynolds from the Navy News Stand)
    Detroit 31k 28 February 2017: The Atlantic Ocean - The littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) launches a Longbow Hellfire Missile during structural test firing (STF) off the coast of Norfolk, Va. STF is part of the developmental test program for the Surface to Surface Missile Module.
    (U.S. Navy photo #161123-N-TP832-016 from the Navy News Stand)
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    Detroit 25k 28 February 2017: The Atlantic Ocean - The littoral combat ship Detroit launches a Longbow Hellfire Missile during structural test firing (STF) off the coast of Norfolk, Va. STF is part of the developmental test program for the Surface to Surface Missile Module.
    (U.S. Navy photo #170228-N-DM751-001 from the Navy News Stand)

    Detroit
    Memorabilia

    Ship's Emblem
    Detroit
    Courtesy of
    Wolfgang Hechler

    Detroit History
    View the USS Detroit (LCS 7) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Detroit's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Oct. 2016 - 17 Mar. 2017Crew 103: Cmdr. Michael Robert Wohnhaas (USNA '96) (Barnsville, Pa.)
    2.) 17 Mar. 2017 - 22 Sep. 2017Crew 111: Cmdr. David J. Adams (NROTC 97) (Beaumont, Tex.)
    2.) 22 Sep. 2017 - Crew 114: Cmdr. Christopher E. Marvin (OCS 98) (Rural NE, Pa.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    None
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    Additional Resources

    View Detroit's Official Web page
    Freedom Class LCS - A Virtual Tour
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

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