Coast Guard to provide security during USS Detroit commissioning ceremony

Members of Coast Guard Sector Detroit take a tour of the USS Detroit, Oct. 18, 2016. The Coast Guard has been providing on-water security for the ship since its arrival in Detroit. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

Members of Coast Guard Sector Detroit take a tour of the USS Detroit, Oct. 18, 2016. The Coast Guard has been providing on-water security for the ship since its arrival in Detroit. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

DETROIT — Coast Guard Sector Detroit is scheduled to provide security for the USS Detroit during its commissioning ceremony in Detroit, Saturday.

Boaters are reminded to keep clear of the ship while it is moored on the Riverwalk and to immediately report any suspicious activity to 911 or to the Coast Guard on VHF channel 16.

The Coast Guard has been providing security for the ship since its arrival in Detroit.

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, the USS Detroit (LCS 7), arrived to the City of Detroit on Friday, October 14, after being launched at the Marinette Marine shipyards in Marinette, Wisconsin on October 18, 2014. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned on Saturday, October 22, with an expected 4,000 spectators. The USS Detroit will be the fourth Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.

“The months long preparation for the USS Detroit’s arrival has highlighted the excellent partnerships the Detroit area enjoys,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Wurster, chief of enforcement for Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We are fortunate to have such strong relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to make this event safe and enjoyable for Detroit’s residents.”

The Coast Guard is working with the Navy, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and the Detroit Police Department to provide waterside security for the ship.

“I am very grateful for the cooperation received from a wide range of veterans, schools and community groups for these important series of events leading to the commissioning of the future USS Detroit,” said John Peracchio, chairman of the USS Detroit Commissioning Committee. “I am especially appreciative of the planning and commitment of resources from local law enforcement agencies. I look forward to a wonderful and safe commissioning ceremony.”

After the commissioning, the ship will make the short trip to Windsor, Ontario for a four-day stop.

For more information about the ship, tours and the commissioning ceremony, please visit the Commissioning Committee’s website www.ussdetroitlcs7.com

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