About Destroyer Dewey Christened
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Destroyer Dewey Christened info
January 27, 2008
Crew will train for 2009 deployment
By Leigh Coleman, Sun Herald
PASCAGOULA -- Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Saturday helped christen the Dewey, the 26th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built by Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula.
The Dewey joins the line of the most powerful destroyers in the U.S. Navy's fleet.
The ship is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Warren R. Buller is the Dewey DDG 105's commanding officer. This is Cmdr. Buller's first assignment as commander of a destroyer.
"We will have a crew of about 300 with the ship sailing in June 2009," said Buller. "The team of Northrop Grumman will lead the team of the Dewey in training next spring. There are only 55 destroyers like this in the world and it is a huge opportunity for us and I am pleased to join the club."
The Dewey honors Adm. George Dewey (1837-1917), best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.
"We cannot predict where Dewey will go," Mullen said. "This is an era of uncertainty and I wish I could say that war was a thing of the past but it isn't. We will remain globally engaged and this ship is not just a name, it is a legend of readiness."
Mullen's wife, Deborah M. Mullen, was named the ship's sponsor, and she broke a champaign bottle over its bow, saying: "May God bless this ship and all who sail on her. I christen thee Dewey."
Other speakers included U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, Rear Adm. Charles H. Goddard, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy John Thackrah, and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems President Philip A. Teel.
The mission of the Dewey will be to conduct combat operations at sea, providing primary protection for the Navy's aircraft carriers and battle groups.
The Dewey will also escort Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces and auxiliary ships.
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