U.S. Navy ships are monumental testaments of the might and ingenuity of the U.S. military, and the country as a whole. Seen by many as a floating symbol of the United States, U.S. Navy ships are state of the art, beautiful, imposing, and ready to take on the world. Big and well armed, the size of these vessels left a glaring oversight in the planning of the whole thing: the littoral, which is the area next to the coast that’s too shallow for the type of ships commanded by the mightiest navy the world has ever seen.
That’s where these littoral combat ships (LCS) come into play. Fast and well armed, these ships are designed to deal with threats or situations close to the coast where the big ships can’t operate effectively and are still far from land forces operational capabilities. In this video, the crew of the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Detroit (LCS 7) brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony. LCS-7 is the sixth U.S. ship named in honor of the city of Detroit.