US Navy Commissions Latest Littoral Combat Ship

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US Navy Commissions Latest Littoral Combat Ship
Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit

Lockheed Martin manufactured seventh Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit has been commissioned by the US Navy on Saturday.

USS Detroit is the fourth Freedom-variant in the LCS class. It completed acceptance trials in July and was handed over 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), the company announced Saturday.

Freedom-variant ships have sailed over 225,000 nautical miles and completed two overseas deployments.

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.

LCS 7 is the sixth US 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.

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