The seas are going to get a little safer when the sixth USS Detroit Navy warship hits the open seas. The USS Detroit is currently being built in Wisconsin, and will be commissioned on the Detroit River in a weeklong 2016 ceremony that Quicken Loans is proud to lead and support.
According to the Detroit News, it took a little behind-the-scenes lobbying and a letter from the Michigan congressional delegation to cement Detroit as the location of the christening. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, it’ll happen right on the beautiful Detroit riverfront. There’ll be numerous events leading up to the christening celebration in the spring of 2016, when the ship makes its way to Detroit – an entire week of events, as a matter of fact.
“We are looking forward to hosting USS Detroit crewmembers and their families during commissioning week,” said Capt. John G. McCandless, Commissioning Committee chairman and president of the Metropolitan Detroit Council of the Navy League of the United States. “There will be many opportunities for Detroit-area residents to show support for their namesake ship and her crew, not only during commissioning week, but at events leading up to commissioning.”
Jay Farner, president and CMO here at Quicken Loans, is the Honorary Chairman of the USS Detroit Commissioning Committee. The committee’s responsibilities include recruiting other local and regional members of the business, civic and philanthropic communities to support the commissioning ceremony.
“Quicken Loans holds a deep sense of gratitude toward the men and women in our military who so selflessly give of themselves to ensure our freedom and way of life,” said Farner. “It is an honor to spearhead this effort and get our community excited about supporting this ship that not only carries our name, but represents our great city in its future endeavors around the globe.”
This is actually the sixth USS Detroit commissioned by the U.S. Navy. Here are the others (from the Detroit News):
- The first USS Detroit, a 12-gun ship, was built by the British in 1813 at Fort Malden in Canada and captured by the Americans during the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813. The U.S. Navy kept her in service until 1815.
- The second USS Detroit was a sloop-of-war renamed Detroit for a brief period from May 15 to August 10, 1869, while undergoing repairs in the New York Naval Yard.
- The third USS Detroit (C-10) was a cruiser in use from 1893–1904.
- The fourth USS Detroit (CL-8) was a light cruiser in service from 1923–1946, part of the Omaha class.
- The fifth USS Detroit (AOE-4) was a fast combat support ship commissioned in 1970 and decommissioned in 2005.
- The sixth USS Detroit (LCS 7) is a littoral combat ship, designed to be operated in shallow waters close to shore.
The USS Detroit will soon travel the world, helping and protecting those in need, while bearing the name of the city I love. I can get behind that. I can’t wait for the spring of 2016, and to welcome the USS Detroit.
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