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Navy destroyer ‘USS John Basilone” christened at Bath Iron Works

Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 9:10 AM EDT
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BATH, Maine (WMTW) - The U.S. Navy has a new destroyer, courtesy of Bath Iron Works.

Gov. Janet Mills and Sen. Susan Collins, who is a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, were on hand for the christening at the shipyard Saturday.

The USS John Basilone (DDG 122) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and is the 39th guided-missile destroyer to be completed at Bath Iron Works.

It is the second ship named after Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

Gunnery Sgt. Basilone received a Medal of Honor for heroism displayed in the Battle of Guadalcanal in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After several years touring America to sell war bonds, he convinced his superiors to put him back into action.

During the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1944, Gunnery Sgt. Basilone single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse, and led a Marine tank through a minefield. He was killed in action that same day and was posthumously awarded a Navy Cross for his sacrifice.

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