Northrop Grumman Corporation authenticated the keel of Kidd (DDG 100), the
U.S. Navy's newest Aegis guided
missile destroyer, during a ceremony
The event featured brief remarks delivered by Isaac C. "Cappy"
Kidd III, keel authenticator for DDG 100 and director of International
Trade for Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector. Kidd is also
the grandson of the ship's namesake, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell
Kidd, (1884-1941), and son of U.S. Navy Adm. Isaac C. Kidd Jr.
(1920-1999). Kidd's wife, Pam
, and brother, Chris
, joined him at the
In welcoming the Kidd family to the shipyard, Dr. Philip A.
Dur, president, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems said
, "This is another
great milestone in shipbuilding. We built four ships in this shipyard
in the 1970s and 1980s that were named after flag officers who had won
the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II. The first of those
killed in action was Adm. Isaac C. Kidd. The fact that this ship is
going to bring that name back to the fleet is, in my estimation, one of
the smartest moves the people who name Navy ships
have made in a long
"This is a great honor for our Navy and for our family today,"
said Cappy Kidd. "But it is far more an honor for the likes of you out
there wearing those hard hats. You're the giants of this yard that
breathe life into that which will carry our family name. I'm awful
proud that our yard here is going to launch another Kidd."
Adm. Kidd was commander of battleship division one and senior
officer present afloat during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. From
the bridge of his flagship USS Arizona (BB 39), Adm. Kidd directed the
counterattack against enemy aircraft until the magazine of Arizona was
exploded by enemy ordnance, eventually sinking the ship, and a direct
hit to the bridge took his life. Adm. Kidd was posthumously awarded
the Medal of Honor for his actions on that day.
Two other ships have borne the name Kidd. The Fletcher-class
destroyer, DD 661, was in service from 1943-1974, and is now a floating
museum in Baton Rouge, La. The Kidd-class destroyer, DDG 993, was also
built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and was delivered to the Navy in
1981. DDG 993 served until 1998.
The ship is the 24th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built by
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.