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Miller, other lawmakers urge Navy to think Detroit when launching USS Detroit

by Candice Miller on December 16, 2013

By Ann Zaniewski

Detroit Free Press

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and other lawmakers are lobbying the Navy to launch the ship USS Detroit in the city that shares the same name.


They sent a letter today to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus making the request, according to a release from Miller’s office.


“The City of Detroit has famously faced its own challenges and has a deep history of being able to adapt, adjust and rebuild throughout the years,” reads the letter. “Since 1813, five previous naval vessels have borne the name ‘Detroit,’ so it seems particularly fitting that the city receive the honor of hosting the commissioning ceremony of its newest namesake ship — just as the Navy also begins a new chapter of warfighting assets.”


The USS Detroit is being constructed in Wisconsin, according to the news release. The Navy is reviewing potential locations for the ship’s commission.


The vessel was described in the letter as a Freedom-class littoral combat ship.


Along with Miller, R-Harrison Township, the letter also contained the names of U.S. Rep. Gary C. Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; U.S. Sen. Carl Levin; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak; U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Dearborn; U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Detroit; U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton; U.S. Rep. Mike J. Rogers, R-Brighton; U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford; U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland; U.S Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township.

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