An innovative new U.S. Navy combat ship named for Detroit is expected to arrive here early Friday afternoon.
Traveling south over Lake Huron, the USS Detroit is to dock on the Detroit River near the Renaissance Center for a week of public tours, events and a commissioning ceremony. It's the sixth U.S. Navy warship named for Detroit.
"She is a fast, agile ship designed for a variety of missions in coastal waters as well as humanitarian relief missions," according to a 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."
The USS Detroit was launched and christened Oct. 18, 2014, at the Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin by Barbara Levin, the ship's sponsor and wife of retired U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. The ship's trip to Detroit began Wednesday from the shipyard. You can track its location in real-time through marinetraffic.com.
Photos: A look at U.S. Navy ship USS Detroit
How to see the USS Detroit
The welcoming ceremony is to be at 2 p.m. Friday at the dock behind the RenCen.
Public tours are available from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19, and people are advised to arrive early because the line could be lengthy. Details on the tours are available at ussdetroitlcs7.com.
Tickets are required for the Oct. 22 commissioning ceremony, and all 4,000 of the general seats have already been allocated, according to the website. The Navy Band Great Lakes is to perform, and two JumboTrons are to be there to help with viewing. If you didn't get a ticket, VIP access is available to sponsors, according to the website.
Some fascinating USS Detroit facts
> After the commissioning, the ship will make a four-day stop across the river at Windsor, Ontario. The crew will use the time to rest before traveling to the Atlantic Ocean.
> The ship's home port will be San Diego.
> 1.98 million gallons of water go through the ship's four water jets per minute -- enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 20 seconds
> A previous USS Detroit (CL 8), a light cruiser, was one of the few ships to get underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor and earned six Battle Stars during WWII. She was moored with the battleship USS Missouri during the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay in 1945, according to a news release.
USS Detroit by the numbers
Hull: Advanced steel monohull
Length Overall: 118.6 meters (389 feet)
Beam Overall: 17.5 meters (57 feet)
Draft: 4.1 meters (13.5 feet)
Beam Overall: 4.1 meters (13.5 feet)
Full Load Displacement: Approximately 3,400 metric tons
Top Speed: Greater than 40+ knots (46 mph)
Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas (CODAG) turbine with steerable water jet propulsion
Hangar Space: Two H-60 helicopters (either MH-60S or MH-60R) and up to three VTUAV helicopters (MQ-8B or MQ-8C Firescout).
Core Crew: 50; Accommodations for 98 sailors
Integrated Bridge System: Fully digital nautical charts are interfaced to ship sensors to support safe ship operation
Core Self-Defense Suite: Includes 3D air search radar (4D in hulls after LCS 17), Rolling Airframe Missile (SeaRAM after LCS 17), medium caliber 57-mm Mk 110 deck gun, EO/IR gunfire control system and decoy launching system.
Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation