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Christening ceremony for the Aegis-class destroyer precommissioning unit Samuel L. Gravely (DDG 107).
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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (May 16, 2009) From left to right, (Ret.) Adm. J. Paul Reason, Mrs. Diane Reason, President Northrop Grumman Shipbuilders Mr. Mike Petters, Ship's sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Acting Secretary of the Navy BJ Penn, Loretta Penn, Commander U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., and the ship's Commanding Officer Cdr. Douglas Kunzman, pose for a group photo following the christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer pre-commissioning unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG-107) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. The Navy's newest destroyer is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely who was the first African American to command and major warship, achieve flag rank, and command a numbered fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien)

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