US Navy completes CSSQT exercises for USS Detroit LCS


The US Navy has successfully completed combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT) for its USS Detroit (LCS 7) Freedom-class littoral combat ship.

LCS Crew 103 conducted a wide range of tests to assess the functionality of the vessel’s combat systems suite during the trials, which involved firing exercises using its 57mm gun against a fast-attack craft.

The tests were designed to evaluate USS Detroit’s capability to track and disable high-speed manoeuvring surface targets.

LCS Crew 103 commanding officer commander Michael Desmond said: “I am intensely proud of [our] superior performance throughout CSSQT.

“From the weeks of tactical and technical training, to ensuring the associated ammunition was safely on-loaded and stored, to the brilliant ship handling and operating area planning, my sailors made it look easy.

"LCS Crew 103 conducted a wide range of tests to assess the functionality of the vessel’s combat systems suite during the trials."

“Equally impressive was the close working relationship we developed with the civilian test team and the hard work across every department to keep this ship operating smoothly.”

The US Navy commissioned the USS Detroit LCS on the Detroit waterfront in October.

USS Detroit has been designed to carry out operations in near-shore environments, however it is also capable of conducting open-ocean operations.

The ship has been developed to defeat asymmetric ‘anti-access’ threats, including mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The LCSs are being built in two variants, the Freedom-class and Independence-class, and are fast-networked surface combatants that offer necessary warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute several missions, such as mine warfare, surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.