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Left to right: Commander (CDR) James W. Orvis, commanding officer; Commodore (CMDR) Theodore E. Lewin, commander, Naval Base Seattle; and Captain (CAPT) Thomas A. Head, commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine, Mrs. Richard B. Meyers, ships sponsor; and John T Gilbride Jr., vice president and general manager of Todd Pacific Shipyard, stand as CAPT Joseph F. Brennan, Chaplain Corps, gives the invocation during the commissioning of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37). (SUBSTANDARD)

Left to right: Commander (CDR) James W. Orvis, commanding officer; Commodore (CMDR) Theodore E. Lewin, commander, Naval Base Seattle; Captain (CAPT) Thomas Head, commander, Destroyer Squadron Nine; and Mrs. Richard B. Meyers, ships sponsor, are seated on the speakers platform during the commissioning of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37)

Vicki Paisley, ships sponsor, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS CHICAGO (SSN 721) at the conclusion of the launch ceremony. Vice Admiral Nils Thunman, Deputy CHIEF of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare, stands in the background center

Retired Vice Admiral (VADM) James B. Stockdale and Sybil Bailey Stockdale, ships sponsor, pose for a photo at the launching of the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM 1)

PETTY Officer Thomas Schumaker, USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) sailor of the year, gives flowers to Mrs. Carol Sawyer, ships sponsor, during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine. To the left of Mrs. Sawyer is Captain Raymond H. Setser, commanding officer

Mrs. Betty Ann Fitzgerald, widow of the ship's namesake and ships sponsor, addresses the gathered crowd at the christening ceremony of the guided missile destroyer FITZGERALD (DDG-62) at the Bath Iron Works Shipyard just prior to the launching of the vessel

Mrs. Joseph K. Taussig, Jr., ships sponsor, breaks the traditional bottle of champagne over the bow of the guided missile destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG-64) at the conclusion of the christening ceremony and launches the Navy's newest warship

Mrs. Joseph K. Taussig, Jr., ships sponsor, starts to swing the traditional bottle of champagne against the bow of the guided missile destroyer USS CARNEY (DDG-64) to launch the ship at the conclusion of the christening ceremony at the Bath Iron Works Corporation

View of the official christening party for the oceanographic research ship USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) following the vessels launch at the Halter Marine Inc. facility. Mrs. Gene Taylor, the ships sponsor, in on the right holding a bouquet of roses

Mrs. Kelly Ann Sullivan Loughren, ships sponsor for the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), and Ms. Heather S. Hudson, ships maid of honor, pose for the camera just before the start of the christening and launch ceremony for the ship

Mrs. Kelly Ann Sullivan Loughren, ships sponsor of the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), breaks the traditional bottle of champagne over the prow of the ship at the conclusion of the christening ceremony and launches the ship down the ways

Mrs. Kelly Ann Sullivan Loughren, ships sponsor for the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), poses for the camera just before the start of the christening and launch ceremony for the ship

Ships Sponsor, Mrs. Beverly Angello Young, poses with the dock landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) afloat in the Mississippi River at the conclusion of the christening and launch ceremony at Avondale Industries, Inc. Shipyards Division

Mrs. Beverly Angello Young, Ships Sponsor of the landing ship PEARL HARBOR (LSD-52) pictured here christening the ship. Looking on is Mr. Albert L. Bossier, Jr., Chairman, President and CHIEF Executive Officer of Avondale Industries, Inc., Shipyards Division

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Higgins, USMC, (Ret.) ships sponsor, delivers special remarks to the crowd gathered for the official christening ceremony of the guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), (vessel not shown)

(Left to right) Captain Rubel; Mrs. Ruth Metcalf; Colonel Metcalf; the Honorable Tom Allen, Rep-Maine; Mr. Allan Cameron CEO-B/W; Mr. John Kuesters, Deputy PEO/AEGIS Program; Rear Admiral (Upper half) Michael T. Coyle, USN; the Honorable John Baldacci of Maine; Lieutenant Colonel Robin Higgins, USMC (Ret.) - ships sponsor; Senator Charles Robb of Virginia; Lieutenant Colonel Joanne Schilling, USMC (Ret.) matron of honor; Captain Ralph Staples, Honorable John Dalton, Secretary of the Navy; General Richard Neal, USMC; Commander James Smith; Commander John Ingram; Captain Larry Ellis, USN

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Higgins, USMC, (Ret.) ships sponsor (right), and Lieutenant Colonel Joanne Schilling, USMC (Ret.), matron of honor pose for a photograph in front of the reviewing stand at the official christening ceremony of the guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), (vessel not shown)

CHRISTENING PRINCIPALS. Participating in the christening of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS FISHER (T-ARK 301) are Left to Right: US Representative Bob Livingston, First Congressional District, Louisiana; Admiral Jay L. Johnson, CHIEF of Naval Operations; De. Sunnie Kenowsky-Irving, ships sponsor; Mrs. Elizabeth M. Fisher, namesake; Rear Admiral David P. Sargent Jr., Navy Littoral Warfare and Auxiliary Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command; Elvia Ann Mata, flower girl; Mr. Zachary Fisher, namesake; US Representative C. W. Bill Young, Tenth Congressional District, Florida; US Representative William Jefferson, Second Congressional District, Louisiana; Vice ...

KEEL LAYING. Participants in the keel laying ceremony for the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) pose for a photograph. Left to Right: US Navy (USN) Commander Carlos Del Toro, Ships PCO; Captain Peter Bulkeley, USN (Ret.), son of Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley, ships namesake; Mr. Charlie Overstreet, welder Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mrs. Regina Bulkeley Day, ships sponsor, daughter of Admiral John D. Bulkeley, ships namesake; Mr. Steven Day, husband of Mrs. Regina Bulkeley Day; Captain H.J. Rucker, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Pascagoula; Mr. Pat Keene, Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc

The participants in the official keel laying ceremony for the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) pose for a photograph. They are (left to right) Row 1 Vice Admiral (VADM) Henry M. Mustin, USN (Ret) and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Thomas M. Mustin, USN (Ret) grandson of the ships namesake; Row 2 Jean Mustin, Ships Sponsor; Doug St. Denis, Ships Sponsor; Dale St. Denis, husband of Doug St. Denis; Commander (CDR) Ann Phillips, USN, PCO; Captain Philip Johnson, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Pascagoula; Row 3 CDR Steve Metz, Aegis Area Commander/Destroyer Projector Officer; Dave Wright, President, Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mark Broadus, welding work leaderman...

Ms Claudia Kaine Natter, (left), Ships Sponsor and Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL) Catherine Chase, USMC, Matron of Honor, both break the traditional bottles of champagne over the brow of the guided missile destroyer USS SHOUP (DDG 86) at the conclusion of the vessels christening ceremony at the Ingalls Shipyard

Family members pose for a photograph with the ships sponsor, Mrs. Arlene May Pomeroy Castle and the ships maid of honor, Ms Nancy Pomeroy under the bow of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) strategic heavy lift ship USNS POMEROY (T-AKR 316) just prior to the vessels christening and launch

Mrs. Arlene May Pomeroy Castle, ships sponsor, and Ms Nancy Pomeroy, maid of honor, pose for a photographer prior to the christening and launch of the Military Sealift Command (MSC), strategic heavy lift ship USNS POMEROY (T-AKR-316)

As member of the christening party look on, Mrs. Arlene May Pomeroy Castle, ships sponsor, breaks the traditional bottle of champagne over the bow of the Military Sealift Command (MSC), strategic heavy lift ship USNS POMEROY (T-AKR 316) to officially launch the ship

Official christening party for the Military Sealift Command (MSC), strategic heavy lift ship USNS POMEROY (T-AKR-316). Left to Right: Richard H. Vortmann, President, NASSCO; US Army Brigadier General Edward T. Buckley Jr., Assistant Division Commander 7th Infantry Division; James C. Scott, MASTER of Ceremonies, Vice President, NASSCO; Mrs. Arlene May Pomeroy Castle, ships sponsor; Ms Nancy Pomeroy, maid of honor; Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham of California, 51st District; US Navy Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder, Commander MSC; USN Rear Admiral Dennis G. Morral, Navy Program Executive for Expeditionary Warfare Programs

During the christening ceremony for the USS MASON (DDG 87) the Ships sponsor, the Honorable Olympia J. Snowe, Senator, Maine and the Matron of Honors Kathleen Mason Bond, and Barbara B. Graham pose for a photograph

Official Christening and Launch USS MASON (DDG 87) Launch party: (L to R) Rear Admiral (RADM) W. E. Meyer, USN (Ret); RADM William W. Cobb Jr., NAVSEA PEO TSC; Honorable John E. Baldacci, Rep. Maine; Honorable Thomas H. Allen, Rep. Maine; Honorable Susan M. Collins, Senator-Maine; Captain R. Hepburn, USN; RADM James A. Johnson, CNO representative; The Honorable Gordon R. England, Secretary of eh Navy, Honorable Olympia J. Snowe, Senator, Maine, and ships sponsor; Mr. Allan C. Comeron, CEO General Dynamics Company; RADM David L. Brewer III, principal speaker, Matrons of Honor: Mrs. Kathleen Mason Bond and Mrs. Barbara B. Graham; Mr. James W. Graham; Mrs. C. Griffiths, Commander (CDR) David...

A view of the official cake cutting ceremony following the christening of the guided missile destroyer USS MASON (DDG 87). Left to right: Commander David Gale, USN Prospective Commanding Officer, the Honorable Olympia J. Snowe, US Senator, Maine and ships sponsor, and Mr. Allan C. Cameron, CEO, General Dynamics Company

US Navy Rear Admiral, Upper Half (RADM) Jay M. Cohen (center), CHIEF of Naval Research, conducts a tour of the USN Fast Ship Frame Class, USS SEA FIGHTER (FSF 1), formerly the USN Littoral (near-shore waters) Surface Craft-Experimental (LSC-X), for Mrs. Lynn Hunter (left), the ships sponsor, and the Honorable Mr. Gordon R. England, the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). The SEA FIGHTER is moored to the dock at the Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Shipyard, Freeland, Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), and will used to evaluate the hydrodynamic performance, structural behavior, mission flexibility, and the propulsion systems of high-speed catamaran style vessels

US Navy (USN) Captain (CPT), Jonathan M. Padfield, Commanding Officer of the US Navy's lead ship in the new class of Amphibious Transport Dock ships, the USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17), presents the ships sponsor US Senator, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), with a corsage during preparations for the ships commissioning ceremony, held at Ingleside, Texas (TX). Looking on is US Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), The Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter

Members of the Official Party stand to render honors, during the Commissioning Ceremony for the US Navy (USN) Amphibious Transport Dock, USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17) (not shown), held pier side at Naval Station Ingleside, Texas (TX). Pictured foreground left-to-right: the Ships sponsor, US Senator, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX); US Deputy Secretary of Defense, The Honorable Gordon R. England; US Marine Corps (USMC) General (GEN) Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC); and USN Admiral (ADM) Michael G. Mullen, CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO)

The 41st President of the United States, former US President George H.W. Bush (center), administers the oath of enlistment to US Navy (USN) Sailors assigned to the Navy's lead ship in the new class of Amphibious Transport Dock ships, the USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17), following the ships commissioning ceremony held on board Naval Station Ingleside, Texas (TX). US Navy (USN) Captain (CAPT), Jonathan M. Padfield, Ships Commanding Officer and the Ships sponsor, US Senator, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), are pictured in the background