The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Bainbridge, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition John Young will deliver the ceremonys principal address. Susan Bainbridge Hay will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her great-great-great-grandfather. In the time-honored Navy tradition, she will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally name Bainbridge.
Bainbridge honors the outstanding and heroic service of Commodore William Bainbridge who served in the Navy from 1789-1833. Four previous ships have been named in honor of Bainbridge, including the 259-ton brig the USS Bainbridge (1842-1863), the Navys first destroyer the USS Bainbridge (1902-1920), another destroyer the USS Bainbridge (1921-1945), and the nuclear-powered cruiser the USS Bainbridge (1962-1997).
Bainbridge is the 46th of 62 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress. This highly capable multi-mission ship 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. Bainbridge 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.
Cmdr. John M. Dorey of Auburn, Mass., a 1986 Naval Academy graduate, will be the ships first commanding officer. Bainbridge has accommodations for 380 officers and enlisted personnel. Built by Bath Iron Works, the 9,200-ton Bainbridge has an overall length of 511 feet, a waterline beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 33 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.
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