Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Explore Detroit - U #atozchallenge

Come along with me and explore the beauty & general awesomeness of Detroit, A to Z !

(as seen from Windsor, Ontario)

Here's something you don't see everyday! 
The US Navy actually had the commissioning ceremony for the USS Detroit LCS-7 right along the Riverwalk & outside the RenCen!  
And as a US Navy vet myself,  
I've kicked myself 1000 times of not going to this once-in-a-lifetime event. 

This is the 6th ship in the US Navy fleet to bear the name Detroit. The keel was laid in early November 2012 at the Marinette Marine shipyards in Marinette, WI, launched on October 18, and commissioned on October 22, 2014.
It's so little & cute!
My last ship was an aircraft carrier, so most ships are little next to one of those! 

This is a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, or a small, multipurpose shallow water ship.  Which is why it was able to be built in Lake Michigan and brought around down thru the Detroit River. 

"She is a fast, agile ship designed for a variety of missions in coastal waters as well as humanitarian relief missions," according to a Detroit Free Press news release. "Capable of open-ocean operations, her modular design supports interchangeable mission packages, which will allow the ship to be reconfigured for anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, or surface warfare missions as-needed."

This link includes the Commissioning Video.

It is now homeported at Naval Station Mayport, FL.
Length: 378′
Speed: 40 knots 
Boats & landing craft carried: 11 m RHIB, 40 ft (12 m) high-speed boats
Aircraft carried: 2 MH-60R/S Seahawks; MQ-8 Fire Scout
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  1. I'm impressed that it was less than two years from laying the keel to commissioning.

  2. Hi, Lisa - I'm stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip. I am so glad that I did. I grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Detroit feels like family to me! I look forward to reading more.

  3. I always ask if I'd be kicking myself before foregoing a once in a lifetime event. Some are just not worth missing!

  4. Stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip!

  5. I learned something new about ships :-)

    Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker A-Z road-tripping with Everything Writerly: U is for Understanding

  6. I haven't been to Detroit, but it looks like a great place to learn some history. I've heard that the Ford Museum is great, too. Thank you for sharing this and thank you for your service to our country in the Navy. I'm here from the A to Z Road trip.


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