Watch as the new USS Detroit combat ship gets dropped into the sea during it’s October launch. Would certainly hate to be aboard at the moment of impact.
This fine ship was built by Lockheed Martin-led and is America’s sixth vessel to be named after the city of Detroit. It is a Freedom class littoral combat ship that ways 2.862 tons with a full load.
The USS Detroit (LCS-7) is powered by two Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines, two Colt-Pielstick diesel engines and four Rolls-Royce waterjets. It has a top speed of 45 knots (52 mph; 83 km/h) and can stay at see for 21 days.
Despite it’s size the USS Detroit also carries aircraft, 2 MH-60R/S Seahawks and a MQ-8 Fire Scout.
MQ-8 Fire Scout.
The ship was launched into the waters in a ceremonial ship launching process which is a naval tradition in many cultures around the world and dates back thousands of years. This method of launch is for public celebration and also to give the vessel a solemn blessing.
The process also includes other traditions that are supposed to invite good luck, such as the famous christening by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud and launched.
Sideways launches like the one in the video above are only done if the bay doesn`t have enough room for a stern first launch. This method is effective, gives a much bigger spectacle but can put immense stress on the ship so engineers have to ensure the ship can handle this type of launch.