US Navy frigate fuels up in Detroit ahead of next month’s return for War of 1812 bicentennial

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  • THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • August 23, 2012

DETROIT ā€” A U.S. Navy frigate expected to be in Detroit next month to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 made an early Motor City pit stop.

PHOTO: The USS De Wert, the largest Navy ship, refuels in Detroit, Mich. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. The USS De Wert stopped to refuel for trips to the Ohio ports of Toledo and Cleveland for those cities' Navy weeks. The ship will be among several returning Sept. 4-10 for the Navy's Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Detroit Navy Week. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kathleen Galligan)

The USS De Wert, the largest Navy ship, refuels in Detroit, Mich. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. The USS De Wert stopped to refuel for trips to the Ohio ports of Toledo and Cleveland for those cities’ Navy weeks. The ship will be among several returning Sept. 4-10 for the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Detroit Navy Week. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kathleen Galligan)

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/NKgtRz ) the USS De Wert stopped Wednesday to refuel for trips to the Ohio ports of Toledo and Cleveland for those cities’ Navy weeks. The crew used the opportunity to eat burgers and play basketball next to the Detroit River while a Marine band played.

The ship will be among several returning Sept. 4-10 for the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and Detroit Navy Week.

Michigan was a key area of conflict in the war, with U.S. and British land and naval forces clashing over control of what now is Canada.

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