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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.