BATH, Maine – The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer was christened Saturday with the name of a fighter pilot who spent 7 1/2 years in captivity in North Vietnam, received the Medal of Honor and served as presidential candidate Ross Perot’s running mate.
Four Medal of Honor recipients and seven former prisoners of war attended the ceremony at Bath Iron Works that marked a milestone in construction of the 9,200-ton ship named for Vice Adm. James Stockdale.
The Stockdale is the 56th destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class and have its home port in San Diego. The Bath Works are scheduled to build four additional Burke vessels before starting on the new DDG-1000 Zumwalt class.
Photo from NavSource Online: Destroyer Photo Archive, Bill Gonyo.
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