USS Anzio, Ingall's 15th Aegis Cruiser Completed

The Navy's 22nd Aegis guided missile cruiser, the U.S.S. Anzio, CG 68, is scheduled to be commissioned into the Atlantic fleet at the Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia this month. Captain H.

Wyman Howard, Jr., USN, will be accepting command of the ship, with Lieut. Comdr. Kevin S. Amos, USN, as her executive officer. The U.S.S.

Anzio is the second Navy ship to commemorate the World War II Allied landing at the Anzio/Nettuno area on Italy's west coast, on January 22, 1944.

Admiral David E. Jeremiah, USN, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the principle commissioning address. Vice Adm. Joseph P. Reason, USN, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S.

Atlantic Fleet, will place the new ship in commission.

Other speakers in the ceremony include Owen P. Pickett (Rep-Virginia); Admiral Paul D. Miller, USN, Commander-in-Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Vice Adm. Robert K. U.

Kihune, USN, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; and Jerry St. Pe', senior vice president of Litton and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. Doris Baggett, wife of Admiral Lee Baggett, Jr., USN Retired, serves as U.S.S. Anzio's sponsor, and christened CG 68 at Ingalls on November 10,1990.

The U.S.S. Anzio is the 15th of 19 Ticonderoga Class cruisers ordered by the Navy from the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton in Pascagoula, Miss. Ingalls is also building DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers, with 10 ships under contract, and LHD amphibious assault ships, with 4 ships in production.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 81,  May 1992

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