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Navy Secretary Names Planned Ship in Honor of Korean War Veteran

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, a 2019 Wash100 winner, named a planned Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyer after a late Medal of Honor awardee and a hospital corpsman at the service branch.

The ship, named the USS William Charette and also known as DDG 130, will be built in Bath, Main at the Bath Iron Works operated by General Dynamics, the Navy said Monday. Charette was a veteran of the Korean War.

“Charette put himself at extreme risk during intense combat to render aid to Marines in need,” Spencer said. “His efforts saved lives and I am honored that his legacy will live on in the future USS William Charette.”

The 509-foot-long vessel will utilize defensive and offensive weapon platforms and is built to navigate at speeds of over 30 knots, support maritime warfare missions and conduct surface, subsurface and air battles.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.

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