If you’re along the Riverfront by the Ren Cen anytime from October 14-22, you’ll notice quite the visitor. A 378-foot long warship, the USS Detroit, is docking in front of the Ren Center for a week’s stay and commissioning ceremony. She’s the sixth US Navy ship named after Detroit and she’ll arrive Friday afternoon, October 14.
Tours are limited and many have been reserved for veterans, military, schools, and organizations. There will be public tours October 19 from 1-5, but it’ll be a first come, first serve basis. Basically, get there early and prepare to wait. A full list of events is available here.
There will be a Commissioning Ceremony October 22 at 11am. All 4,000 tickets have been sold.
After commissioning, she’ll stop for four days across the river in Windsor, and according to the site, "This will mark the first time ever that a US warship has visited a foreign nation as its inaugural international port of call."
Not going to be able to make it down to see her? The Detroit News has an interactive 360 degree tour here, and we’ve included a video of her story below.
- USS Detroit
- USS Detroit Public Tours [Facebook]
- Interactive tour [Detroit News]