The U.S. Navy on Friday took delivery of the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116). During a ceremony on the fantail of the ship, Cdr. Nathan Scherry took command of the Arleigh Burke destroyer, which will be formally commissioned into the Navy fleet in Boston on Dec. 1. The Navy’s newest DDG 51-class destroyer is named for the Korean war hero who intentionally crashed his plane trying to save the nation’s first African American naval aviator. Capt. Thomas Hudner attended the christening of the ship on April 1, 2017. He died on Nov. 13 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, James F. Geurts (at right), visited Bath Iron Works on Tuesday, Feb. 13. A retired Air Force colonel who assumed his current post on Dec. 5, 2017, the assistant secretary is responsible for equipping and supporting the nation’s sailors and Marines with the best platforms, systems and technology.
This week BIW hosted its 9th annual Feed The Hungry Challenge. This effort collects food and monetary donations for our local food banks. Thank you all for your donations!
To all the men and women, here at BIW and beyond, who have served in the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard – thank you for your service.