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USS Detroit (LCS-7) - is the sixth US Navy vessel to bear the name of Michigan’s largest city. 

HMS Detroit - The first U.S. ship to bear the Detroit name represents what may be one of the worst investments in Naval history - British naval history to be precise.  Built in Amherstburg, Ontario, the Detroit launched in August 1813. A relatively small design made the ship ideal for scouting and carrying dispatches. And roughly a month after the ceremony, the sloop-of-war was engaged with American vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie. When the smoke cleared, however, what was left of the Detroit was barely seaworthy. American ships towed her out of Lake Erie’s open waters and into the safety of Put-in-Bay. The Detroit stayed there for the next 12 years until she was sold to a private interest.

USS Detroit (Previously USS Canandaigua) - The second official USS Detroit started out in 1862 also with a different name. Built at the Boston Navy Yard, the USS Canandaigua was a sloop-of-war named for the area of New York just south of Lake Ontario. Launched in the midst of the Civil War, she was designed to help the Union choke off Confederate ports in what was appropriately called the Anaconda Plan. With a shallow draft, the Canandaigua could reach places its larger, heavier brethren could not. Once the conflict ended in 1865, the United States began downsizing its Navy — going from a wartime high of 670 ships to roughly 50. The Canandaigua was renamed the USS Detroit in 1869 and served the states for another six years until decommissioning.

USS Detroit (C-10) - The third USS Detroit, a cruiser built at Baltimore’s Columbian Iron Works and launched late in 1891. Her earliest action came in Caribbean and Latin American waters. In countries with uprisings and conflict, the USS Detroit would often land troops, or bluejackets, in order to protect American interests and provide a show of force. Despite its success in those areas, the USS Detroit was a troubled vessel that served only 14 years. By 1910, the Navy struck the ship. She was considered uninhabitable by that point.

USS Detroit (CL-8) - A new light cruiser, the fourth USS Detroit emerged from the Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts in 1922 — four years too late for World War I, but well-timed to play a role in the follow-up. Like its predecessor, the ship spent its earliest years in Latin American waters, as well as in the Atlantic. She was moored at Pearl Harbor’s Ford Island on Dec. 7, 1941, when fighters and bombers of the Imperial Japanese Navy executed their infamous attack. The Detroit floated between the USS Utah and the USS Raleigh. A pair of torpedoes struck the Utah, sinking it. Aboard the Detroit, crew members reported a torpedo passed by its own stern — missing by just 30 yards. With many sailors ashore on leave, the Detroit’s remaining crew faced the task of getting their ship into the fight. Gunners reported downing a pair of Japanese aircraft, but the reports were not officially confirmed. The Detroit’s after-action report showed the ship fired 10,000 .50-caliber rounds in the battle. Months later, the USS Detroit would play a small role on a secret mission. With Japanese forces set to overrun islands in the Philippines, the submarine USS Trout secretly slipped into the waters near Corregidor and transported out gold bullion from the city, keeping it out of the enemy’s hands. The final leg of the bouillon’s journey into American hands came when the Trout transferred its cargo to the USS Detroit, which carried it to port in San Francisco. Then in September 1945, she was anchored in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered.

USS Detroit (AOE-4) - In the summer of 1969, the fifth iteration of the USS Detroit emerged from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington — a fast combat support ship destined for a 35-year career. That career would carry her into a variety of situations around the globe. While not a direct combatant, she served as a support ship in the Vietnam War. At a time when it appeared North Vietnamese would overrun South Vietnamese forces in 1972, more naval firepower was called the region. The fifth USS Detroit also played a combat support role during the early 1990s in the Persian Gulf during operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. 

 

 

 
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