The future Freedom-class littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Detroit (LCS 7) unveiled its official crest during a ceremony at Mariner’s Park on board Naval Base San Diego, Feb. 21.
The ship’s First Class Petty Officer Association was in charge of unveiling the crest and explaining its symbolism during the ceremony.
“The background quartering is a partial depiction of the flag of the city of Detroit,” said Electrician’s Mate 1st Class Mishon Syon. “The winged tire recalls Detroit’s long-time connection to the automotive industry.”
Cmdr. Michael Wohnhaas, commanding officer PCU Detroit, spoke about how the crew came up with the idea for the crest.
“We wanted to create a crest that would pay tribute to the great city of Detroit and the ship and crew that bares its name,” said Wohnhaas. “We feel we accomplished the task.”
Wohnhaas said a crest unveiling ceremony was also held in the city of Detroit the same day.
“None of this would be possible without the talent of the First Class Petty Officer association,” said Wohnhaas. “Their ideas will live on in the crest long after we’ve all transferred or retired.”
Before ending his speech, Wohnhaas updated the crew on the status of the ship.
“Detroit is about 60 percent complete, with most of our superstructure in place,” said Wohnhaas. “The name ‘Detroit’ is now proudly displayed across the stern doors.”
Detroit, the sixth warship named after the city, is currently under construction in Marinette, Wis. A keel laying ceremony was held November 2012 and the ship is expected to join the fleet in 2016.
LCS vessels were designed to be high-speed, shallow draft multi-mission ships capable of operating independently or with an associated strike group. They are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters.
A fast, maneuverable, and networked surface combatant, LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions such as surface warfare, mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare.