Future Destroyer Carries Name of WWII Coast Guard Veteran

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy has decided to name an upcoming Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer after a Coast Guard captain who served in the second World War. Richard Spencer, secretary of the Navy and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, announced the naming of the future USS Quentin Walsh or DDG 132 during a ceremony in Cherbourg, France, where the captain once deployed, the service branch said Thursday.

General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works subsidiary will construct the ship to measure 509 feet in length and traverse seas at speeds over 30 knots. Capt. Walsh served within U.S. Naval Forces' Logistics and Planning Division during World War II and received a Navy Cross award for his contributions.

“Capt. Walsh was a hero whose efforts during World War II continue to inspire, and his leadership in securing the French port of Cherbourg had a profound effect on the success of the amphibious operations associated with Operation Overlord,” Spencer said.

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