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Navy Christens Another Guided-Missile Destroyer Headed for San Diego

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A group of Navy rifles at the christening ceremony for the future USS. Jack H. Lucas. Video image

The Navy on Saturday baptized 73 Arleigh BurkeDestroyer of guided missiles, a 9,500-ton warship named after a Marine hero of World War II and headed to San Diego.

The future USS Jack H. Lucas honors a 17-year-old soldier who fell on two grenades during the Iwo Jima campaign to protect nearby Marines. Lucas survived the explosions, received the Medal of Honor and lived until 2008.

Admiral Michael Gildey, Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the keynote address as the baptism took place at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in the Gulf of Mexico in Pascagoula, MS.

According to a Navy tradition, the ship’s sponsors, Luke’s widow Ruby Lucas and non-profit leader Kathryn B. Reynolds, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine in the bow.

“The future USS Jack H. Lucas will serve as a constant reminder of the enormous energy that a Sailor or Marine can have,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. “Soldier First Class Lucas is a national hero and this ship and crew will honor his legacy for decades to come.”

The ship is the first of 20 advanced “Flight III” destroyers under contract. Among the upgrades compared to previous Arleigh Burke destroyers is the special radar that allows the ship to shoot down ballistic missiles.

The destroyers are armed with a 5-inch main cannon, anti-aircraft guns, 96 missiles of various types in vertical launch tubes, torpedoes and two helicopters.


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