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Release No: 570-03
August 05, 2003

Navy Christens Guided-Missile Destroyer Momsen

     The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer Momsen will be christened Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

    Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Vice Adm. Albert Konetzni will deliver the ceremony's principal address for the ship named to honor Vice Adm. Charles Bowers "Swede" Momsen. Momsen attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in June 1919. He is best known for his efforts in the successful rescue of 33 crew members and the subsequent salvage of submarine USS Squalus after she sank in 240 feet of water in May 1939. Momsen received a commendation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for these actions.

     Momsen’s daughter, Evelyn Momsen Hailey, will serve as ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Hailey will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen the ship.

     Cdr. Edward F. Kenyon, a native of Binghamton, N.Y., is the ship’s prospective commanding officer and will have a crew of approximately 380 officers and enlisted personnel. Momsen is 511 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, a navigational draft of 33 feet and four gas-turbine engines power the 9,200-ton ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

     The 42nd ship of 62 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress, and the 23th to be built by Bath Iron Works. Momsen is a highly capable multi-mission ship that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy. This ship will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

     For more information on Arleigh Burke class destroyers, visit: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-dd.html.

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