US Navy com­mis­sions new­est lit­toral com­bat ship

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The US 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. USS Detroit, the fourth Free­dom-vari­ant in the LCS class, com­pleted ac­cep­tance tri­als in July and was de­liv­ered to the US 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 2,25,000 nau­ti­cal miles and suc­cess­fully com­pleted two overseas de­ploy­ments.

“The en­tire Lock­heed Martin-led LCS team is hon­oured 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 de­fence of our great na­tion, en­abling the US 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 US Navy to pro­vide pres­ence where and when needed at a frac­tion of the cost of other plat­forms.

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