Ingalls Christens 1 1 t h Aegis G u i d e d Missile Cruiser For N a vy

C G - 5 9 N a m e d 'Princeton' The 11th in a series of 15 Aegis guided missile cruisers under contract to Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries was recently christened Princeton (CG-59) at ceremonies at the Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard.

The principal speaker at the ceremony was the Honorable Jim Courter, U.S. Representative from New Jersey's 12th Congressional District and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Mrs.

Warren William Bradley, mother of New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley, was the ship's sponsor.

The Princeton is 567 feet long, with a beam of 55 feet, and displaces 9,500 tons. She is powered by four GE gas turbine engines, which power the cruiser to speeds of more than 30 knots.

The Princeton is equipped with the MK 41 vertical launching system, a multiwarfare missile launching system, capable of firing a mix of missiles against airborne, surface and underwater threats, greatly extending the ship's combat flexibility.

Other principals at the christening ceremonies included: Mrs.

Hardeman Bond, sister of the sponsor, who served as the Matron of Honor; Ms. Marina Gentilini, a member of Senator Bradley's staff, served as Maid of Honor. Other participants included: Vice Adm.

Joseph Metcalf III, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Rear Adm. James B. Greene Jr., USN, Aegis Shipbuilding Program Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command; Jerry St. Pe, senior vice president of Litton and president of the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division; and Capt. Michael G. Simpson, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula.

John Wright Coker Jr., minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Pascagoula, delivered the invocation.

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