US Navy To Christen World’s Most Advanced And Powerful Warship, USS Ted Stevens

The christening ceremony of a new US Navy Destroyer will be held this weekend, on 19th August, Saturday, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, at 9 am.

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It will be the most advanced and powerful ship of its kind in the U.S. naval fleet and the world once it sets sail, per its commanding officer Capt, Mary Katey Hays.

With a hull number DDG 128, the ship is named after the former US Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican U.S. senator, who represented Alaska from 1968-2009.

Talking about its specifications, it is the second Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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Hays stated that the destroyer has the best of everything, the most advanced weapons, the fastest computers, the best radar and the most advanced anti-submarine warfare gear. He added that the destroyer fleet from DDG 51 to DDG 129, currently being constructed, will be the backbone of the US naval fleet.

Naming such an important ship after Stevens is justified since he did a lot for the welfare of Alaskans in the realm of healthcare, transport, education, aviation, fisheries, mining, oil and gas development and communications.

Capt Hays stated that a mighty vessel like the DDG 128 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer being named after Stevens is a fitting honour for such a legendary personality. Hays also mentioned Stevens dedication to the Navy, the country and the people of Alaska.

Stevens was a Second World War veteran known as Mr Alaska by the Department of the Interior in 1956 due to his relentless efforts on Alaska Statehood, per Ted Stevens Foundation in Anchorage.

He was named the ‘Alaskan of the Century’ due to his support for various issues, especially the cause of the military. He died in a plane crash in 2010 close to Dillingham.

On Friday, representatives of the US Navy, Stevens family, friends and colleagues came together for a mast stepping ceremony. It involves placing items like pins, flags and coins belonging to Stevens, the ship’s crew and Alaska on the ship that will be christened on Saturday. They will be placed at the bottom of the ship’s mast, similar to a time capsule.

References:, alaskanews

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