The Northrop Grumman (NOC)
Corporation-built Aegis guided
missile destroyer USS
Kidd (DDG 100) arrived at her homeport here at Naval Station San Diego
on July 19. The ship is named in honor of Rear Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd
(1884-1941) who died directing defenses against the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
, in 1941.
The ship, commissioned last month in Galveston, Texas
, is the
24th Aegis guided missile destroyer built by the company's Ship Systems
sector in Pascagoula, Miss. She is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and
has received many accolades from industry and Navy officials since her
return from a damaged hull during
the nation's worst natural disaster.
During Hurricane Katrina, Northrop Grumman employees fought
bravely to defend DDG 100 against the onslaught of water to keep her
afloat. The ship was saved, but flooding made a complete refurbishment
of the affected compartments necessary. The ship was restored, and
following her super trials in the Gulf of Mexico last fall, the U.S.
Navy offered great reviews and acknowledged the ship performed well.