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Rendering salutes during the commissioning ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) are, from left to right, Secretary of the Navy William L. Ball III; Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia; and Vice Admiral (VADM) Joseph S. Donnell III, commander, Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet

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

Rendering salutes during the commissioning ceremony for the dock landing ship USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44) are, from left to right, Rear Admiral (RDML) (lower half) Glenn E. Whisler Jr., commander, Amphibious Group Two: Vice Admiral (VADM) John W. Nyquist, assistant chief of naval operations, Surface Warfare; Secretary of the Navy William L. Ball III; Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia; and VADM Joseph S. Donnell III, commander, Naval Surface Force, US Atlantic Fleet

Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA), addresses the crowd attending the commissioning of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1)

Captain (CAPT) Leonard F. Picotte, commanidng officer of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), salutes General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, as Senator Charles S. Robb, D-VA, and other distinguised guests stand by. Gray is the principal speaker during the WASP's commissioning ceremony. The first ship in its class, WASP combines flight deck and well deck capabilities with a state-of-the-art combat information center and several newly developed systems

Senator Charles S. Robb, D-VA, delivers the principal address during the commissioning ceremony of the guided missile cruiser USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62)

Senator Charles S. Robb, D-VA, principal speaker, and Captain Gordon H. Rheinstrom, commanding officer of the guided missile cruiser USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62), display a commemorative plaque to guests during the vessel's commissioning ceremony

Senator Charles S. Robb, D-VA, Captain Gordon H. Rheinstrom, commanding officer of the guided missile cruiser USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62), Vice Admiral John W. Nyquist, assistant chief of naval operations, surface warfare, and other flag officers and distinguished guests await the beginning of the CHANCELLORSVILLE's commissioning ceremony

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