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CAPT James K. Nunneley from Naval Sea Systems Command speaks at the launching ceremony for the guided missile frigate ANTRIM (FFG-20) at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation

The bow of the USS FLATLEY (FFG 21) towers over guest speaker Rear Admiral Kleber S. Masterson Jr., assistant deputy commander, Surface Warfare and Anti-air Warfare Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, during the launching ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate

Deputy Commander for Industrial and Facility Management, Naval Sea Systems Command, RADM John C. McArthur, speaks during christening and launching ceremonies for the guided missile frigate USS REID (FFG-30) at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Los Angeles Div

Deputy Commander for Industrial and Facility Management, Naval Sea Systems Command, Rear Admiral John C. McArthur speaks during christening and launching ceremonies for the guided missile frigate USS REID (FFG 30) at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Los Angeles Division

CAPT William E. Trueblood, PHM Acquisition Project Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5). Among those on the platform with Trueblood are, from left, Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman and VADM and Mrs. Earl B. Fowler Jr., VADM Fowler, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and Mrs. Fowler is the ship's sponsor

Chaplain (CAPT.) Oliver Wetzel, Naval Base Seattle, offers the invocation at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) Aries (PHM-5). Among those with Wetzel on the platform are: Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman, third from left; Vice Adm. Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; his wife who is ship's sponsor; and Rear Adm. James D. Williams, commander, Naval Base Seattle

Mrs. Earl B. Fowler Jr., ship's sponsor, breaks the champagne bottle on the forward hydrofoil of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5) as Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman watches during launching. Mrs. Fowler is the wife of VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. The vessel was built by Boeing Marine systems

VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching of the guided missile patrol combatant (hydrofoil) ARIES (PHM-5). To Fowler's right is Boeing Marine Systems Vice President Robert E. Bateman, whose company built the ARIES

Rear Admiral Thomas M. Ward Jr., representative of Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the Australian frigate DARWIN (F-04) taking place at Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation

RADM Dempster M. Jackson, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the launching ceremony for the cable repair ship USNS ZEUS (T-ARC-7). The ship was built by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company

A view of the Deep Drone, owned and operated by the Supervisor of Salvage, Naval Sea Systems Command. This vehicle, used for small area search, inspection and deep ocean salvage, was recently used during salvage operations for the downed Korean airliner

A view of the Deep Drone, owned and operated by the Supervisor of Salvage, Naval Sea Systems Command. This vehicle, used for small area search, inspection and deep ocean salvage, was recently used during salvage operations for the downed Korean airliner

A view of the Deep Drone, owned and operated by the Supervisor of Salvage, Naval Sea Systems Command. This vehicle, used for small area search, inspection and deep ocean salvage, was recently used during salvage operations for the downed Korean airliner

VADM Earl B. Fowler Jr., commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, addresses guests and spectators at the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser YORKTOWN (CG-48)

Frank B. Lynott, Chairman of the Tacoma Boat Building Company and master of ceremonies, introduces Rear Admiral James W. Lisanby, Deputy Commander, Acquisition and Logistics, Naval Sea Systems Command, during the launching ceremony for the ocean surveillance ship USNS STALWART (T-AGOS 1)

Vice Adm. Carl B. Towler, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the guided missile frigate ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG-49)

Rear Admiral George W. Davis Jr., deputy commander, Surface Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS KLAKRING (FFG 42)

A port bow view of the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length-to-beam ratio by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A port bow view of the surface effect ship 200 (SES) underway after departing the Washington Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high lenth-to-beam research

A view of the transom area on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A starboard bow view of the Surface Effect Ship 200 (SES-200) as it is prepared for mooring at a Navy Yard pier. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A view looking forward from the bridge on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

An interior view of the wheelhouse on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research.

A port quarter view of the Surface Effect Ship 200 (SES) underway after departing the Washington Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

Crewmen moor the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) to a Navy Yard pier upon its arrival. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A view looking forward aboard the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length-to-beam ratio by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A view of the starboard side of the bridge on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

Crewmen moor the surface effect ship 200 (SES 200) to a Navy Yard pier upon its arrival. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A interior view of the wheelhouse on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A port bow view of the surface effect ship 200 (SES) underway after departing the Washington Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high lenth-to-beam research

A view looking aft from the bridge on the surface effect ship 200 (SES-200) moored at the Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high length-to-beam research

A port beam view of the surface effect ship 200 (SES) underway after departing the Washington Navy Yard. Naval Sea Systems Command procured a 110-foot commercial SES and increased its length by installing a 50-foot hull extension amidships. This was necessary to validate high lenth-to-beam research

A view of the Deep Drone, owned and operated by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command. The vehicle is used for small area search, inspection, and deep ocean salvage

Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) at Todd Pacific shipyard

Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) at Todd Pacific Shipyard

Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commisssioning ceremony for the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40)

(Left to right) Commodore Theodore E. Lewin, commander, Naval Base, Seattle; Mrs. William David Halyburton, sponsor; Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; Commander Robert K. Peters, commanding officer, USS HALYBURTON;and John T. Gilbride Jr., vice president and general manager, Todd Pacific Shipyards Corps. (second from right), attend the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile frigate USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40)

Officers salute from the speakers' platform during the launching ceremony for the Safeguard class salvage ship GRASP (ARS 51) at Peterson Builders Inc. They include Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler, left, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and Captain Paul Robinson, center, supervisor of shipbuilding at Peterson

Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the Safeguard class salvage ship GRASP (ARS 51) at Peterson Builders Inc

Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the Safeguard class salvage ship GRASP (ARS 51) at Peterson Builders Inc

Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the Safeguard class salvage ship GRASP (ARS 51) at Peterson Builders Inc

Officers salute from the speakers' platform during the launching ceremony for the Safeguard class salvage ship GRASP (ARS 51) at Peterson Builders Inc. They include Vice Admiral Earl B. Fowler, left, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and Captain Paul Robinson, center, supervisor of shipbuilding at Peterson

Rear Admiral Robert R. Fountain Jr., Assistant Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Captain Charles H. Piersall Jr., Amphibious Ship Acquisition Project Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, addresses guests attending the launching ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42)

Members of the launching party for the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), include, from left to right: Rear Admiral Robert F. Fountain Jr., Assistant Deputy Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Admiral L. S. Severance Jr., General P. X. Kelley, Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Commodore Bruce R. Boland

Participants in the keel laying ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51) stand for a group picture. They are, left to right, Mrs. Donald Roane, Rear Admiral Donald P. Roane, Deputy for New Surface Combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, Captain (CAPT) Carney, prospective commanding officer, Ann Gates, William E. Haggett, CAPT Edward Webster

Julia Vadala Taft, sponsor, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50) at the end of the christening ceremony. Watching her, left to right, are Patricia Goldman, matron of honor; Rear Admiral Wayne W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Leonard Erb, president, Ingalls Shipbuilding

Rear Admiral Donald P. Roane, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50)

Admiral Kinnaird R. Mckee, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the Ohio class nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)

Admiral Kinnaird R. McKee, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, arrives for the commissioning of the Ohio class nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)

Admiral (ADM) Kinnaird R. McKee, deputy commander for the nuclear propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, boards the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) for the commissioning ceremony

Guests honor the flag during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730). Vice Admiral Nils R. Thunman, Deputy CHIEF of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare, is at left and Admiral Kinnaird R. Mckee, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, is third from left

On the speakers platform are, right to left: Captain M. Farmer, Commanding Officer, gold; Admiral K.R. Mckee Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command; Captain R.L. Tindal, Commanding Officer, blue, (speaking) and Vice Admiral N. Thunman, Deputy CHIEF and Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare, during the commissioning of the USS HENERY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)

Admiral (ADM) Kinnaird R. McKee, deputy commander for the nuclear propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, boards the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) prior to the start of the commissioning ceremony

Admiral (ADM) Kinnaird R. McKee, deputy commander for nuclear propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730)

Crewmen raise the admiral's flag aboard the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730). Admiral Kinnaird R. McKee, Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion, Naval Sea Systems Command, is a guest at the commissioning ceremony for the Ohio class nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine

Keel laying for the Aegis Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser CG 54. Rear Admiral Donald P. Roane, deputy for new surface combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, stands to the left of the shipbuilders sign and Captain Blaire Ireland, Aegis project officer, stands second from right

Rear Admiral Donald P. Roane, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the christening of the guided missile cruiser USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52)

Vice Admiral (VADM) Earl B. Fowler, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the christening of the guided missile cruiser USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52)

Mrs. J. Denton, sponsor, breaks champagne across the bow of the guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). Looking on are (L-R): Sen. J. Denton Jr., R-Als., Mr. J. St. Pe', president of Ingalls Shipbuilding; M. Denton, maid of honor; Mrs. M. McPhillips, matron of honor; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command

Sen J. Denton Jr., R-Ala., speaks at the christening of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). Behind him are (L-R): Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; CAPT. G. Dowell III, supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion, and repair; Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Mr. Knecht,; Mr. J. St. Pe`; Jane Denton, sponsor; M. McPhillips, matron of honor; and Archbishop O. Lipscomb

Commodore John F. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

Members of the christening party attending the ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53) are (L-R): Mr. J. St. Pe'; Sen. J. Denton Jr., R-Ala., Miss E. Denton, maid of honor; Archbishop O. Lipscomb; Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; Mrs. M. McPhillips, matron of honor; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Capt. F. Whalen, prospective commanding officer of the MOBILE BAY

A joint Navy and Marine honor guard participates in the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). They are armed with M-14 rifles. Behind them is Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, (left) and Sen. Jeremiah Denton Jr., R-Ala., (center)

Vice Adm. William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, left; Vice Adm. Joseph Metcalf III, deputy chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare, middle, and retired Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations, sit on the speakers platform during the launching of the guided missile cruiser THOMAS S. GATES (CG-51)

Rear Admiral (RDML) Harry K. Fiske, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) at the Lockheed shipyard

Attending the launching of the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) are (left to right): Commander (CDR) W. Cassedy, resident manager, dock landing ship program; CDR R. Matsushima, director of contracts; Captain (CAPT) W. McCann Jr., Naval Sea Systems Command; Rep H. Bentley, D-Maryland; Rear Admiral (RADM) L. Severance, commander, Naval Base, Seattle; Major General (MGEN) A.K. Lukeman, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; Rear Admiral (RDML) H.K. Fiske, Naval Sea Systems Command; Rear Admiral (RDML) J.J. Higginson, commanding officer, Amphibious Group Three

The dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) is christened by Representative Helen D. Bentley, D-Maryland, at the Lockheed shipyard. Standing on the platform are (left to right): Margaret Davis, matron of honor; Captain (CAPT) James J. Coleman, command representative, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Thomas J. McGrath, director, dock landing ship program, Lockheed shipyard.

Captain James J. Coleman, command representative, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43) at the Lockheed shipyard

Retired Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, amphibious ship acquisition project manager, Naval Sea Systems Command; General (GEN) Paul X. Kelley, commandant of the Marine Corps; and Commander (CDR) Edward M. Kline, prospective commanding officer, pose with a cake at the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) at the Lockheed shipyard

CHIEF Warrant Officer Juan A. Thomas, ship's boatswain, welcomes retired Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, amphibious ship acquisition project manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, to the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) at the Lockheed shipyard

Retired Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, amphibious ship acquistion project manager, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) at the Lockheed shipyard

Attending the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) at the Lockheed shipyard are (left to right): Commander (CDR) Edward M. Kline, prospective commanding officer; retired Colonel Eugene E. Shoults, amphibious ship acquisition project manager, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Lawrence A. Smith, group president, Lockheed Marine Systems

Retired COL. Eugene E. Shoults, project manager, Amphibious Ship Acquisition Program, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioningof the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42)

Retired COL. Eugene E. Shoults, project manager, Amphibious Ship Acquisition Program, Naval Sea Systems Command, climbs the speakers platform for the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42)

Retired Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, amphibious ship acquistion project manager, Naval Sea Systems Command is piped aboard the speakers platform during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42) at the Lockheed shipyard

Retired COL. Eugene E. Shoults, projecdt manager, Amphibious Ship Acquisition Program, Naval Sea Systems Command; GEN. Paul X. Kelley, commandant of the Marine Corps; and CMDR. Edward M. Kline, commanding officer, attend a reception for the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS GERMANTOWN (LSD-42)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Donald P. Roane, deputy commander, Surface Combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Donald P. Roane, deputy commander, Surface Combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Donald P. Roane, deputy commander, Surface Combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57)

Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB 63)

Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile cruiser USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52)

Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile cruiser USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52)

Rear Admiral (RADM) Donald P. Roane, deputy commander, Surface Combatants, Naval Sea Systems Command, left, and Vice Admiral (VADM) George W. Davis Jr., commander Naval Surface Force, US Pacific Fleet, salute the flag during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60)

Distinguished guests pay honor to the flag during the commissioning of the dock ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43). They are, left to right: Captain (CAPT) J. Graham, USN, Chaplain, CAPT P. Grasser, Rear Admiral (RDML) (lower half) J.P. Reason, P.A. Schneider, Naval Sea Systems Command; Vice Admiral (VADM) G.W. Davis Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific; Representative Helen D. Bentley, Republican-Maryland, Major General (MGEN) C.E. Mundy Jr., US Marine Corps (USMC); Retired Colonel (COL) E.E. Shoults, USMC; J.R. Santosuosso, president, Lockheed Shipbuilding Co.; Commander (CDR) G.S. Rhodes, commanding officer, USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Paul A. Schneider, executive director, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Retired Marine Corps Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, manager, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Vice Admiral (VADM) G.W. Davis Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet; Major General (MGEN) Carl E. Mundy Jr., US Marine Corps (USMC), director, Operations Division, Plans, Policy and Operations Department, Headquarters, USMC; and Paul A. Schneider, executive director, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift program, Naval Sea Systems Command, listen to a speaker during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Commander (CDR) George S. Rhodes, commanding officer, speaks during the ship's commissioning of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43). Seated on the platform, left to right, are: Paul A. Schneider, executive director, Amphibious, Auxiliary, Line and Sealift Ships Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command; Representative Helen D. Bentley, Democrat-Maryland (MD), Vice Admiral (VADM) George W. Davis Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet; Major General (MGEN) Carl E. Mundy, Jr., USMC; and Joseph R. Santosuosso, president, Lockheed Shipbuilding Co

Retired Colonel (COL) Eugene E. Shoults, manager, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the commissioning of the dock landing ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Representative Helen D. Bentley, Republican-Maryland, ship's sponsor, speaks during the commissioning of the dock ship USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43). Distinguished guests seated on the speakers platform are, left to right: Captain (CAPT) J. Graham, USN, Chaplain, CAPT P. Grasser, Rear Admiral (RDML) (lower half) J.P. Reason, commander, Naval Base, Seattle; P.A. Schneider, Naval Sea Systems Command; Major General (MGEN) C.E. Mundy Jr., US Marine Corps (USMC); Retired Colonel (COL) E.E. Shoults, USMC; J.R. Santosuosso, president, Lockheed Shipbuilding Co.; Commander (CDR) G.S. Rhodes, commanding officer, USS FORT MCHENRY (LSD 43)

Lawrence Garett III, under secretary of the Navy, greets VADM William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM-1) after the ship's commissioning

Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the launching ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser USS NORMANDY (CG 60) at Bath Iron Works Corporation

Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Democrat-New York, Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, and Rear Admiral (RADM) (upper half) Grant A. Sharp, assistant deputy chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare, listen to a speaker during the commissioning of the guided missile cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57)

Vice Admiral (VADM) William H. Rowden, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks with Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, Democrat-New York as Rear Admiral (RADM) (upper half) Grant A. Sharp, assistant deputy chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare, looks on during the commissioning ceremony for the guided missile cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57)

Rear Admiral Stephen S. Clarey, deputy commander/comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the commissioning ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44). Seated behind him are, from left to right, Vice Admiral (VADM) John W. Nyquist, assistant chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare; Secretary of the Navy William L. Ball III; and Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia

Mrs. Linda L. Hogan, ship's sponsor, poses for a picture with Rear Admiral (lower half) Stephen S. Clarey, Comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command, following the christening ceremony for the countermeasures ship SCOUT (MCM 8)

Lieutenant Commander (LTC) Charles A. Cadwell Jr., LTC Christopher W. Webster, LTC Andrew Karahas, Commanding Officer of the mine countermeasures ship SCOUT (MCM 8): Captain (CAPT) Joseph Davis, RADM Stephen Clarey, Comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command: Ellsworth L. Peterson, President, Peterson Builders, Inc., Vice Admiral John W. Nyquist, Assistant CHIEF of Naval Operations, surface warfare: LTC John Carey, Lloyd Shaffer, Jack Soderlund, and CMDR Collins pose for a group photo following the christening and launching of the SCOUT

Standing on the christening platform following the christening and launching ceremony for the mine countermeasures ship SCOUT (MCM 8) are, from left: Rear Admiral (lower half) Stephen S. Clarey, Comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command: Mrs. Linda L. Hogan, ship's sponsor: Vice Admiral John W. Nyquist, Assistant CHIEF of Naval Operations, surface warfare: Penny Rhodes, Matron of Honor: Steven Hogan: Ellsworth L. Peterson, President, Peterson Builders, Inc., and Rear Admiral Edward J. Hogan USN (ret.)

Vice Admiral (VADM) Peter M. Hekman Jr., commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks at the commissioning of the nuclear-powered submarine USS NEWPORT NEWS (SSN 750)