The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Bainbridge (DDG 96), will be commissioned Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, in an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Port Everglades
, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rep. E. Clay Shaw
, 22nd District, State of Florida
, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Bainbridge Hay will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her great-great-great-grandfather.
The new guided missile destroyer honors the outstanding and heroic service of Commodore William Bainbridge
who served in the Navy from
1789-1833. Four previous ships have been named in honor of Bainbridge, including a 259-ton brig (1842-1863), two destroyers (1902-1920 and 1921-1945), and a nuclear-powered cruiser (1962-1997).
Cmdr. John M. Dorey
of Auburn, Mass., a 1986 Naval Academy graduate
, is the ship’s first commanding officer and will lead a crew of 292 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton Bainbridge was built by Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics (GD)
company in Maine
, and has an overall length of 509.5 ft (155.2 m), a waterline beam of 59 ft (18 m), and a navigational draft of 33 ft (10 m). Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.
Bainbridge is the 46th of 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently authorized by Congress. This highly capable multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy.