The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) departed its homeport of Mayport, Florida, for the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility on its maiden deployment Oct. 31.
Detroit will conduct operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South’s Campaign MARTILLO, a multinational effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America.
Detroit’s operations will involve practical exercises and exchanges with partner nations, supporting U.S. 4th Fleet interoperability and reinforce the U.S. position as the regional partner of choice.
(USS Detroit successfully eliminates all targets in a small boat raid attack using Longbow Hellfire missiles as part of the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) during a test event on Nov. 12, 2018. The module is the newest addition to the LCS Surface Warfare Mission Package. USS Detroit has been supporting the SSMM testing off the coast of Virginia since testing began in July. The SSMM has been more than 90 percent successful in testing to date. Courtesy of NAVSEApa and YouTube. Posted on Dec 14, 2018.)