For the first time in United States (U.S.) Navy history that another country has been invited to participate in the commissioning of a U.S. warship. On October 22, 2016, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Windsor Shiprider Unit were part of the Color Party for the Commissioning of the USS Detroit warship.
The USS Detroit Chair of the Commissioning Committee, John Peracchio says, “The request to have Canadian participation came from numerous U.S. agencies in the local Detroit area. They pointed out that our Canadian partners play such a vital role in our shared border security interests that they should also share in our celebrations”.
The members also recognized the Governor of Michigan with a 19 gun salute and both the American and Canadian National
Anthems were played.
RCMP Sgt. Diebel, Cst. McDonnell and Cst. Kukhta attended the commissioning ceremony in red serge and presented the Canadian flag as the US Colors were advanced (U.S. Flag and U.S. Navy flag).
“More than 6,500 people were in attendance and we received a huge number of positive comments and expressions of appreciation for our participation. We were so honoured to be a part of it” said Diebel.
As a result, the U.S. Navy will consider Canadian representation at future events where it is geographically appropriate.
The USS Detroit will go over 45 knots, can operate in shallow waters, is highly maneuverable and has up to 75 sailors embarked at any one time.