Navy to Commission Destroyer in Galveston

Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, the Kidd, in Galveston on June 9. This ship honors Rear Adm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was the first flag officer to die in World War II. The Kidd was christened on Jan. 22, 2005, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

Cdr. Richard E. Thomas of Pearland is the first commanding officer. He is leading a crew of about 380 officers and enlisted sailors. The Kidd will be homeported in San Diego, Calif.

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