Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Thomas Hudner
BATH, Maine — The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW), June 15, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a release.
DDG 116 is named in honor of the retired Capt. Thomas Jerome Hudner Jr., who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War when he crashed his plane in an effort to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the Navy’s first African American aviator. Hudner, who died Nov. 13, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on April 4.
During the delivery ceremony, a flag was raised onboard the ship that was previously flown over Arlington National Cemetery by Hudner’s former squadron, and also previously flown on USS Constitution Dec. 4 in honor of the day Hudner attempted rescue of Brown.
“The delivery of the future USS Thomas Hudner represents a very special milestone in this shipbuilding program,” said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office-Ships. “The ship honors the legacy and heroism of Capt. Hudner and also represents the proud efforts of the shipbuilders at BIW. As the ship now prepares to sail away and enter the fleet, it will continue the strong Aegis tradition in serving our Navy for decades to come.”
DDG 116 is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the fourth DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships to deliver. BIW is currently constructing four additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122) and Harvey C. Barnum, Jr (DDG 124), as well as future Zumwalt-class destroyers Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).