DETROIT (WWJ) – Congratulations, Detroit! The U.S. Navy has decided to name a ship in the city’s honor.
The USS Detroit, along with the USS Milwaukee, are part of the Navy’s plan, approved by Congress last year, to buy 20 advanced combat ships.
Ten ships are being purchased from a nearby Wisconsin company, Marinette Marine Corp., located along the Michigan-Wisconsin border.
The 378 foot-long USS Detroit will travel at an average speed of 40 knots, or about 46 miles per hour.
The USS Detroit will be the nation’s seventh Littoral Combat Ship, a small ship that will be used for operations close to shorelines.
The Navy said the ship will be the seventh to bear the name Detroit. The last ship to bear the name was taken out of commission six years ago.