FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of people turned out for a celebration of the Navy’s newest destroyer and a tribute to a fallen Marine.

The commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham happened under sunny skies at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.

The massive $1 billion steel battleship was adorned with red, white and blue flags and ribbons to mark the day.

The 510-foot-long ship was built in Bath, Maine, and will have its home port in Norfolk, Va.

It’s named for a Marine corporal from New York who died in Iraq six years ago after throwing himself on a grenade to protect others.

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Comments (2)
  1. Brad USNR says:

    It is a Destroyer not a Battleship. A Destroyer in Navy jargon is a “small boy” WOW

  2. Robert says:

    John 15:13- “No one has greater love that this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”

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