USS Detroit Commissioning Ceremony to Be Held in October

Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard, Oct. 18 , 2014. (U.S. Navy photo/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers)
Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit Detroit (LCS 7) at Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard, Oct. 18 , 2014. (U.S. Navy photo/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers)

A commissioning ceremony for a U.S. Navy combat ship that will be named after the city of Detroit is scheduled to be held in late October on the Detroit River next to the Renaissance Center.

The ceremony, which was originally scheduled Sept. 17, will now be held Oct. 22, according to the USS Detroit Commissioning Committee, which cited "sea trials and construction schedules" for the delay on its website.

The commissioning ceremony, which will be open to the public and is expected to draw more than 4,000 people, will be held on the riverfront in front of General Motors' Renaissance Center headquarters. Several special events are planned prior to the official ceremony and during Commissioning Week, there will be ship tours and receptions, the committee said.

The ship, which is about 378 feet long, was christened and launched in October 2014 at the Marinette Marine Shipyard on the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis. The ship's home port will be San Diego.

Barbara Levin, the wife of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, christened the USS Detroit with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch in 2014. The U.S. Navy awarded the contract to construct the ship in March 2011, according to its website.

The ship's name recognizes the city and honors the state's deep ties to the U.S. Navy and the shipbuilding industry, the Navy said.

Since its launch, the USS Detroit has continued to undergo outfitting and testing, according to the Navy, which said the ship is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots and can operate in water less than 20 feet deep.

The Navy said the ship, which is a modular and reconfigurable, will address a "critical capabilities gap" and "enhance maritime security by deterring hostility, maintaining a forward presence, projecting power, and maintaining sea control."

The Navy said the ship is reconfigurable with different modules, depending on its mission, which could range from anti-submarine warfare to surface warfare to special operations, such as delivering a small assault force.

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