Navy Activates 66th Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has commissioned DDG 116 or USS Thomas Hudner, the service branch's 66th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.

The branch said Monday it commissioned the ship on Saturday during a ceremony in Boston where Thomas Hudner III, son of the vessel's namesake, gave a speech.

Charlie Baker, governor of Massachusetts, administered the ceremony's principal address.

Georgea Hudner, wife of the ship's namesake, and Barbara Miller, former co-chair of the flag officer spouse training, ordered USS Thomas Hudner's activation as the ship's sponsors.

“While many would say that my father’s actions were an extraordinary act, my father never thought of himself or that action as extraordinary,” Hudner III said.

Capt. Thomas Hudner, a medal of honor recipient, crash landed his aircraft to save Ensign Jesse Brown, his wingman, in 1950 during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

The ship will now proceed to its base of operations in Mayport, Fla.

General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works subsidiary built the ship.

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