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The Detroit (LCS 7) is the fourth ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the sixth ship in the United States Navy to be named after the city of Detroit, Michigan. Construction began in May 2012 at the Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, and the keel was laid down on November 8, 2012.

June 27, 2014 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit left the shipyard's construction facility for the first time, mounted on special equipment, and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.

October 18, PCU Detroit was christened and launched during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wisconsin. Mrs. Barbara Levin, the wife of U.S. Senator Carl M. Levin, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Michael R. Wohnhaas (LCS Crew 106) is the prospective commanding officer.

December 19, 2015 LCS 7 recently departed Marinette shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from July 1?-15, 2016.

August 12, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the PCU Detroit during a ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard.

October 12, PCU Detroit (Crew 103), commanded by Cmdr. Michael P. Desmond, departed Marinette, Wis., for the last time en route to its namesake city in preparation for its commissioning ceremony; Moored at Detroit Riverfront, near the GM Renaissance Center in downtown, on Oct. 14.

October 22, USS Detroit was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony in Detroit, Michigan.

October 24, USS Detroit moored at Dieppe Gardens riverfront, near St. Clair College Centre for the Arts in downtown Windsor, Ontario, for an extended five-day liberty port visit; Transited the Welland Canal on Oct. 30; Entered the St. Lawrence River on Oct. 31.

November 1, The Detroit moored at Berth 19, Jacques-Cartier Pier in Old Port of Montreal, Quebec, for a three-day visit.

November 7, LCS 7 moored at HMC Dockyard Jetty NC3 on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a five-day port call; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 1 on Naval Station Norfolk from Nov. 15-22.?

November 23, USS Detroit moored at Berth 4, Delta Wharf in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a six-week transit from Marinette, Wis.

December 10, Capt. Douglas W. Sasse, III relieved Capt. Kenneth R. Blackmon as reserve commodore of NR Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Detroit.

December 30, The official welcoming ceremony for administrative homeport shift of USS Detroit and USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), from Naval Base San Diego, Calif., to Naval Station Mayport, was held at Wharf D4.

January 6, 2017 The littoral combat ship returned to Mayport after a two-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area; Underway again from Jan. 9-17; Moved to Wharf B3 on Jan. 25; Moved to Wharf D4 on Jan. 27.

February 7, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport was awarded an $11,3 miilion to previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-2302) for the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) of USS Detroit. Work is expected to be completed by October.

February 11, USS Detroit (Crew 103) departed Naval Station Mayport for local operations; Brief stop at Wharf C1 before moored at Wharf D1 on Feb. 14; Brief underway on Feb. 16 and 24th; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) on Feb. 27.

February 28, USS Detroit conducted a successful structural test firing of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), while underway off the coast of Norfolk, Va., firing multiple Lockheed Martin AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles. The test marked the first launch of a missile from the SSMM and the first vertical missile launch from an LCS, as part of the developmental test program for the Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package (MP).

March 1, The Detroit moored at Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day port call; Brief stop at Wharf C1 before moored at Wharf D4 on March 10.

March 17, Rotational LCS Crew 111, commanded by Cmdr. David J. Adams, assumed command of the Detroit during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

March 30, USS Detroit departed Naval Station Mayport for a day-long underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area; Moved to Wharf C1 for a brief stop before returned to Wharf D4 on April 6; Day-long underway on April 12; Moored at Wharf D2 after a day-long underway on April 19; Day-long underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT) with the INSURV on April 26.

April 30, LCS 7 departed homeport for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Virginia Capes Op. Area; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 1 in Naval Station Norfolk on May 2; Moved to Berth 6, Pier 5 for a brief stop before underway on May 8; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 5 again from May 10-15.

May 18, USS Detroit moored at Wharf D2 on Naval Station Mayport; Moved to Wharf C1 on May 25; Moved to Wharf D2 on May 26.

June 14, USS Detroit entered the dry-dock at BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair facility on Fanning Island, Fla., for a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Undocked and moored pierside at BAE Systems shipyard on Aug. 1?.

September 15, The littoral combat ship moored at Wharf D4 on Naval Station Mayport.

September 2?, Rotational LCS Crew 114 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Christopher E. Marvin, assumed command of the Detroit during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.

February 16, 2018 USS Detroit moved from Delta Wharf to Berth 2, Foxtrot Wharf on Naval Station Mayport.